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Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)

G | | Comedy | 12 July 1968 (USA)
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An American plans to bilk the British out of some considerable money with the help of an English con artist.

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writers:

Max Wilk (screenplay), Max Wilk (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... George Lester
Terry-Thomas ... H. William Homer
Jacqueline Pearce ... Pamela Lester
Bernard Cribbins ... Fred Davies
Patricia Routledge ... Lucille Beatty
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ... Dudley Heath
Michael Bates ... Dr. Spink
Colin Gordon ... Mr. Hartford
John Bluthal ... Dr. Pinto
Sandra Caron Sandra Caron ... Pinto's Nurse
Margaret Nolan ... Spink's Nurse
Harold Goodwin ... Six-Eyes Wiener
Nike Arrighi ... Portuguese Waitress
John Barrard ... Zebra Man
Pippa Benedict Pippa Benedict ... Fern Averback
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Storyline

George Lester is a man who is chasing rainbows, looking for the pot of gold at the end. When his wife, Pamela grows tired of being dragged all over the world, she leaves him. While she is away, George converts her family home into a discotheque, when she returns, she threatens to send George to jail for fraud, cause she didn't give her approval. George needing some fast bucks, decides to turn to an old cohort of his, William Homer but Willy's a little short. George then decides to steal the plans to a new drill, Pamela's suitor, Dudley Heath is working on. But when George gets the mumps, he can't make it to the meeting place and refuses to give Willy the plans unless he gives him the cash first. And the buyers won't give unless they see the merchandise first. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Jerry's in London - trying to make an easy million the hard way!

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Spinner See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fillm debut of Patricia Routledge. See more »

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Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
Music by David Whitaker
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Sung by Danny Street
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Worst Lewis Film Ever.
2 September 2013 | by flackjacketSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Jerry Lewis. It seems people either love him or hate him. They either get the humor or they don't. I have every movie he's made, except for this one. And after seeing it again today, I realize why.

First of all he's completely miscast. It was mistake to cast him in this role and an even bigger mistake for him to take the job. This obviously wasn't a role for a comedian because the film isn't a comedy. Is divorce funny? When is the last time you heard someone say, "My divorce was hilarious."?

Then there's Jacqueline Pearce, who plays the role of his wife, or ex-wife. I'm amazed at all the positive talk about her. She can't act, looks like she cut her hair herself while wearing a blindfold and is totally annoying.

And if the storyline wasn't bad enough, throw in a girls scout troop, with mumps headed up by the stuffy Patricia "voice like the French Chef" Routledge. Seriously? Why? It had nothing to do with the plot.

And as I stare at the screen in disbelief that this is a Jerry Lewis movie, it all makes sense when you realize it was directed by Jerry Paris - the untalented hack that played Dick Van Dyke's neighbor.

Odd that the video cover says "The original king of comedy at his outrageous best!" Yes, he's one of the original kings of comedy, but in this film he's never outrageous and at his all time worst.


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