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Jerry Lewis 1926-2017

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Sorry but he deserves his own thread. . . .I actually know him more for the telethon and the various parodies(Animaniacs and Professor Frink on the Simpsons) than his actual work. RIP. 

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Cracking Up was one of those movies  I watched on HBO constantly when I was a teenager. The guy really was a master of slapstick comedy. 

https://youtu.be/KtqFEpZOfuM

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Watched most of the 60's films on Million Dollar Movie type programming as a kid. And the telethon was one of those yearly family rituals right up there with the Superbowl, Wizard of Oz airings, and New Years Eve. One more piece of Old Vegas gone. The magnitude of his influence on comedy is incalculable. RIP.

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Is there a particular movie he did with Deano that stands out?

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I honestly don't think any of the Martin and Lewis films are essential viewing. Splitting up was probably the best thing that could have happened. But if I were going to recommend any of them, it would probably be either The Stooge or Living It Up.

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I'm stunned that he never won an Oscar or that he isn't heralded as a pioneer in digital playback technology.

I never knew that he came up with the idea of synching monitors with movie and television cameras so that a director could see a shot from all available angles in real time.

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Feels to me like the Martin/Lewis shtick holds up better in short doses, like their early TV spots.

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Is it bad that part of me is just really hoping The Day the Clown Cried finally gets released?

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It's tied up in rights issues. Jerry wasn't the only one who never wanted it released. One of the screenwriters refuses as well.

 

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14 minutes ago, Ace said:

It's tied up in rights issues. Jerry wasn't the only one who never wanted it released. One of the screenwriters refuses as well.

 

Stop killing my dreams

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Lewis donated his print of it to the Library of Congress a few years ago on the condition it wasn't screened until 2024. I don't know what they would even do with it at that point, regardless of rights issues. 

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On 8/21/2017 at 5:05 PM, Brian Fowler said:

Stop killing my dreams

Lewis had a completed version, so it makes the chances of a leak higher now. 

Was sorry to hear of his death. I knew he was getting up in years but thought he was very funny. What was his last TV appearance as an actor? Was it playing Professor Frink's dad on Simpsons?

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1 minute ago, Victator said:

Lewis had a completed version, so it makes the chances of a leak higher now. 

Was sorry to hear of his death. I knew he was getting up in years but thought he was very funny. What was his last TV appearance as an actor? Was it playing Professor Frink's dad on Simpsons?

To me his last truly great appearance of any kind will be no-selling the questions of an idiot interviewer who keeps asking him what it's like to be so goddamn old.

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1 hour ago, piranesi said:

To me his last truly great appearance of any kind will be no-selling the questions of an idiot interviewer who keeps asking him what it's like to be so goddamn old.

Few things were funnier than cranky Jerry Lewis ripping apart dumb interviewers that wanted to talk about his movies when Jerry wanted to talk about the telethon.

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