For Jan. 17th: The Bellboy

I thought before I watched it that this movie might run into some sort of comedic continuity problems. It was for the sole reason that it was built around an actor whose  strength is as a player in smaller sketch-style comedy.

Now I’m not knocking Jerry Lewis’ comedic talent or timing, but “The Bellboy” is easily seen to be a quick cash-in.  This is immediately noticed by the announcement both in the advertising and at the beginning of the film that the movie has no plot or story.  I am aware that it was mostly made to showcase Mr. Lewis’ talent, and that a similar tactic of  linked sketches is used for other comedians, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Story: .5/2

Pretty much non-existent, as billed.  Enough to link the scenes together for the most part.

Acting: 1/2

Jerry Lewis has good timing, but is typically has to be prompted  by other characters to show off.  His actions and reactions in the world around him are funny, though.

Photography: 1/2

Plain, captures Lewis well.

Sound/FX: 1/2

A few neat tricks are employed to help achieve punchlines, but there isn’t a whole lot else to talk about.

Misc: 1/2

A fairly solid version of Jerry’s talent on the silver screen.

VERDICT: 4.5/10

For Jerry Lewis’ die-hard fans and not much else.  Probably better to look at movies he’s in with a plot, or look for his television performances, as they are going to be better.

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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