Morpheus on… Jerry Lewis’ “The Big Mouth” (1967)

Jerry Lewis & 'Colonel' Sanders

If you are a Jerry Lewis fan, you have probably heard that this film – made in the Golden Year of 1967 – is the biggest pile of poop he ever made (although we have yet to see his “The Day The Clown Cried” and it is unlikely we will – at least, while Jerry lives). And that would be a fair description of this turkey.

However, it is still worth a look – for three reasons.

First and most important, he re-creates his Nerd character (Professor Julius Kelp) from “The Nutty Professor” – imagine a DVD of deleted scenes from THAT – you would pay money to see those, would you not? This is the next best thing.

Second comes an extended shot of the late Charlie Callas (no relation to Maria) doing his “manic twitch” routine – it is almost worth watching this abomination for that alone. This was Charlie’s ONLY film appearance and came about after they met on the Merv Griffin Show and he impressed Jerry so much, the latter promised to use him in his next project. Sadly, it turned out to be THIS.

Last is a bizarre, two-minute cameo from Harland Sanders – yes, the old cross-eyed “colonel” himself. Many people today are unaware that the character on the KFC logo was once actually a REAL PERSON and he makes a fleeting appearance in this dross.

Why? Well, perhaps HE was a fan of Jerry Lewis’ movies – although it is unfortunate that he chose THIS one to make his film debut in…


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cyrus Quick on February 26, 2014 at 3:59 am

    I have never seen work by Lewis that I liked or thought was anything other than weak and ill-judged.

  2. Posted by Vincent on February 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

    A LOT of people hate Jerry – also Norman Wisdom. I think Norm got people’s backs up with the last of his Sixties films, “What’s Good For The Goose” – which undoubtedly WAS ill-judged, but it had its moments.

    And Jerry can be INSUFFERABLE – however, he’s always been a guilty pleasure for me. “Which Way To The Front?” probably started a lot of people’s hatred for HIM (coincidentally, the last of HIS Sixties films) and if you’d seen it, you’d understand why. And if “The Day The Clown Cried” (1972) had ever been released, it’d’ve probably COMPLETED it.

    However, during the MIDDLE Sixties, these two men produced “On THe Beat” and “The Early Bird” (Norman) and “The Patsy” and “The Nutty Professor” (Jerry) – which stand as four of the greatest comedy films ever made.

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