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…