The Ladies' Man

Overview

Comedian Jerry Lewis began directing movies in 1960, and this often unkind satire on the nature of American womanhood is one of his early efforts in that regard. The rubber-legged, rubber-faced Lewis plays Herbert, a man who is despondent over the break-up of his romance. While looking for a job, he comes across an impressive mansion built as a set at the cost of $350,000 filled with women of all types -- and lo and behold -- they need a handyman. So Herbert gets to reside with a bevy of women of various types, ...
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Overview

Comedian Jerry Lewis began directing movies in 1960, and this often unkind satire on the nature of American womanhood is one of his early efforts in that regard. The rubber-legged, rubber-faced Lewis plays Herbert, a man who is despondent over the break-up of his romance. While looking for a job, he comes across an impressive mansion built as a set at the cost of $350,000 filled with women of all types -- and lo and behold -- they need a handyman. So Herbert gets to reside with a bevy of women of various types, all under the supervision of Mrs. Wellenmelon Helen Traubel. In the end, the set itself outtrumps them all.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Ladies Man may not be Jerry Lewis' best film, as The Nutty Professor and a few others probably are more appropriate for that honor, but it certainly has its adherents, and with good reason. For one thing, Lewis is a bit more restrained than in some of his other films, although still far from what one would call subtle. For another, Ladies has a nicely surreal touch to it, with several moments that are more strange than funny, but are all the more pleasing for that reason. (The "femme fatale" sequence, with its black main figure, all white d├ęcor and Harry James accompaniment is bizarre and totally fascinating.) Perhaps most in its favor, Ladies clearly demonstrates that whatever his weaknesses as a director, Lewis certainly knew how to use a camera in intriguing, inventive and often surprising ways. The long sequence which introduces the mammoth and truly fabulous main mansion set is technically brilliant, displaying an assurance and skill with the camera that is impossible to deny. Lewis here, as in many of his other films, evinces a sharp eye for color and how to use it for maximum effect. True, the screenplay that all this skill is in the service of is no world beater, and its surreal sequences are sometimes ill matched with its more traditional story elements, especially the sappy and unconvincing ending. And as usual, Lewis doesn't always know when he has gone too far. Still, Ladies' strengths are such that even those who don't typically like Lewis should give it a shot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302444
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,223

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Herbert H. Heebert
Helen Traubel Helen Welenmelon
Kathleen Freeman Katie
Hope Holiday Miss Anxious
Mary Laroche
Madlyn Rhue
Alex Gerry
Jack Kruschen
Buddy Lester Buddy
George Raft Himself
Pat Stanley Fay
Roscoe Ates
Francesca Bellini
Patricia Blair
Jacqueline Fontaine
Marianne Gaba
Marty Ingels Marty
Harry James Himself
Gloria Jean Gloria
Jack LaLanne Himself
Paula Lane
Sylvia Lewis Sylvia
Daria Massey
Ann McCrea
Eddie Quillan
Sheila Rogers
Joan Staley
Westbrook Van Voorhis Himself
Doodles Weaver
Meri Welles
Beverly Wills
Technical Credits
Jerry Lewis Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Ralph Axness Asst. Director
Ross Bellah Art Director
Jack Brooks Score Composer
Charles C. Coleman Jr. Asst. Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Ernest D. Glucksman Associate Producer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley E. Johnson Editor
W. Wallace Kelley Cinematographer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Bill Richmond Screenwriter
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Bobby Van Choreography
Harry Warren Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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