The Ladies Man
|The Ladies Man|
|Directed by||Jerry Lewis|
|Produced by||Jerry Lewis|
|Written by||Jerry Lewis|
|Music by||Walter Scharf|
|Cinematography||W. Wallace Kelley|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||926,423 admissions (France)|
Herbert H. Heebert is a young man who loses his girlfriend, swears off romance, and then takes a job at a genteel, women-only boarding house, run by Helen Wellenmellen. Although most of the women treat him like a servant, Fay helps him with his fear of women.
- Jerry Lewis as Herbert H. Heebert/Marna Heebert
- Helen Traubel as Helen N. Wellenmellon
- Pat Stanley as Fay
- Kathleen Freeman as Katie
- George Raft as Himself
- Harry James as Harry
- Marty Ingels as Himself
- Buddy Lester as Willard C. Gainsborough
- Gloria Jean as Gloria
- Hope Holiday as Miss Anxious
- Mary LaRoche as Miss Society
- Ann McCrea as Miss Sexy Pot
The main set is a four-story doll house-like interior of a mansion turned boarding house with a central courtyard allowing crane shots spanning its three and a half floors. The structure was several rooms deep at each level and in total 177 feet long, 154 wide and 36 feet high. The main set alone cost $500,000 to build (equivalent to $3.38 million in 2019).
Howard Thompson, in a review for The New York Times wrote: "Now, in all fairness to a frankly light-headed vehicle that dies on its feet, Mr. Lewis' latest gets off to a fresh and really funny beginning." However, after the first half-hour, "the remainder of the picture, with everyone else firmly relegated to the background, [it] has Mr. Lewis shuffling and stumbling in full view, as if he and the movie were merely improvising."
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- Hill, Gladwin (2 December 1960). "Comic Constructs Edifice for Film: Jerry Lewis Concocts a 40-Room Building for The Ladies Man". The New York Times. p. 33.
- Box office information for film at Box office story
- Thompson, Howard (July 13, 1961). "Ladies' Man Heads New Double Bill". The New York Times.
- Vagg, Stephen (February 9, 2020). "Why Stars Stop Being Stars: George Raft". Filmink.
- Rosenbaum, Jonathan (June 25, 1998). "List-o-Mania: Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love American Movies". Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on April 13, 2020.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-30.
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