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Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2011)

With Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) as executive producer, this is in essence an autobiography. It follows his career chronologically from the 10-year partnership with Dean Martin to Lewis's ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Michael Andrew Michael Andrew ... Himself
Alec Baldwin ... Himself
Richard Belzer ... Himself
Carol Burnett ... Herself
Chevy Chase ... Himself
Billy Crystal ... Himself
Woody Harrelson ... Himself
Lawrence Inglee ... Himself
John Landis ... Himself
Jerry Lewis ... Himself
Richard Lewis ... Himself
Nigel Lythgoe ... Himself
Deana Martin ... Herself
Eddie Murphy ... Himself
Lee Musiker Lee Musiker ... Himself
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With Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) as executive producer, this is in essence an autobiography. It follows his career chronologically from the 10-year partnership with Dean Martin to Lewis's career as writer, producer, director, and actor in a series of Paramount pictures. The chronology is told through archival clips, comments by family members and Hollywood friends, comments from Lewis himself, and clips of him in a contemporary nightclub appearance. Lewis vows to live longer than George Burns. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

17 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jerry Lewis se hace el loco See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby SR

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16:9 HD
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EXCELLENT!
28 March 2018 | by jshulkin-881-132738See all my reviews

Is he an egomaniac? Yes. Is he entitled to be? Absolutely. Jerry did everything in his films so it's no surprise he's he's own narrator here. And that's a plus because no one else can explain Jerry like Jerry. The film and video clips are an excellent reminder of his genius. Probably the most gifted physical comic since the silent era. I grew up with Jerry, was initially crushed by the split of Martin and Lewis, and then buoyant into my early teens by Jerry's solo film career. I turned away from as an adolescent and young adult and then I saw him a decade later as a guest on a network variety show and again his gifts at physical comedy shined even as his career had faded. From that point forward I did acknowledge his imporatance but never revisited the films. With Method To The Madness I relived what I instinctively was attracted to as a child and moments that were still in my memory but hadn't been accessed for more than 50 years. It is a shame that Jerry was not properly honored with both an AFI Live Achievement Award and Kennedy Center Honor. There are few in film and television more deserving and a number who have gotten them were clearly influenced by Jerry. Tell me Steve Martin, who I admire and who received both, was not influenced by Jerry and that Jerry didn't pave the way for "silly" to come from a thoughtful and artistic place of inspiration. The film shows you that until the end of his life he was appreciated within the comedy and film community and most of all by the fans. Not a sad or bitter moment. In this document Jerry left behind a memory people can enjoy, those who didn't grow up with him can appreciate, and he would be proud of. Thank you Jerry.


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