The Family Jewels

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Overview

As if one Jerry Lewis wasn't enough, The Family Jewels offers no fewer than seven Jerrys. Fans of Lewis will like the film. Others should be advised to steer clear of any and all French film festivals. The plot revolves around nine-year-old Donna Peyton Donna Butterworth, who stands to inherit 30 million dollars. The catch: Donna must pick a new daddy from her late father's six closest male relatives. Lewis spends most of the film playing family chauffeur Willard Woodward, whom Donna loves above all others. He ...
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Overview

As if one Jerry Lewis wasn't enough, The Family Jewels offers no fewer than seven Jerrys. Fans of Lewis will like the film. Others should be advised to steer clear of any and all French film festivals. The plot revolves around nine-year-old Donna Peyton Donna Butterworth, who stands to inherit 30 million dollars. The catch: Donna must pick a new daddy from her late father's six closest male relatives. Lewis spends most of the film playing family chauffeur Willard Woodward, whom Donna loves above all others. He also portrays snaggle-toothed gangster "Bugs" Peyton, hirsute sea captain James Peyton, flying fool Captain Eddie Peyton, cynical clown Everett Peyton, Holmes-like detective Skylock Peyton whose "Dr. Matson" is corpulent Sebastian Cabot, and photographer Julius Peyton a reprise of Lewis' Nutty Professor character Julius Kelp. Though fitfully amusing, The Family Jewels is too sloppily put together to completely satisfy anyone other than Lewis' most fervent fans. Best bits: the in-flight movie starring Anne Baxter, the marathon pool game, and Bugs Peyton's outrage at being called a rat fink.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It would be hard for an objective appraiser to call The Family Jewels a gem, but this is a sentiment with which many ardent Jerry Lewis fans would clearly take issue. Lewis supporters probably wouldn't argue with the fact that Jewels is a very sloppy film, with continuity issues so blatant that they simply can't be ignored. They also probably would agree that the screenplay is little more than an excuse for Lewis to play seven roles. But they most likely would disagree with the assessment that there is neither enough variety nor enough depth in these roles to justify a full-length film. The characters that Lewis creates here are made of flour and paste; there's nothing very interesting about them, to the point that they overstay their welcome, even though they occupy the screen for only ten minutes or so each. Matters are not helped by the fact that the "MacGuffin" that is the premise of the film -- who will Donna Butterworth choose as her guardian? -- generates absolutely no suspense or surprise. There are a few good moments, and Lewis as Captain Eddie comes very close to being engaging, but Jewels is a film that is best enjoyed by those who already accept Lewis as a comedic genius.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 883316728567
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,662

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Bugs Peyton, Capt. Eddie Peyton, Everett Peyton, James Peyton, Julius Peyton, Skylock Peyton, Willard Woodward
Sebastian Cabot Dr. Matson
Donna Butterworth Donna Peyton
Gene Baylos Circus Clown
Neil Hamilton John Wyman
Jay Adler Attorney
Milton Frome Pilot
Herbie Faye Joe
Robert Strauss Pool Hall Owner
Marjorie Bennett Passenger
Frances Lax Passenger
Ellen Corby Passenger
Renie Riano Plane Passengers
Jesslyn Fax Plane Passenger
John Hubbard
Maurice Kelly
John Lawrence
John Macchia
Michael Ross
Francine York
Gary Lewis & the Playboys In-Flight Film Clip
Douglas Deane
Technical Credits
Jerry Lewis Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
W. Wallace Kelley Cinematographer
Peter King Score Composer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Hal Pereira Art Director
John S. Poplin Art Director
Bill Richmond Screenwriter
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
John M. Woodcock Editor
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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Highly recommeded if you love Jerry Lewis. I do!!!!

    I love when Uncle Bugsy starts to teach the niece math!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fall in love with Jerry Lewis!

    Fun, touching film. Ever time I watch it I fall in love with Jerry Lewis!

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