What’s Your Favorite Jerry Lewis “Solo” Movie?

Comedy icon, fundraising hero and “total filmmaker” Jerry Lewis turned 88 this past weekend. To mark his birthday, this week’s poll asks which of Jerry’s post-Martin & Lewis movies is your favorite. 

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  • Lobosco

    I don’t really like Jerry Lewis after Dean Martin dumped him – but he was good in The King Of Comedy.

  • jonsilver

    I’m not happy with this poll, and I don’t have a JL solo favorite…a better poll would be “what’s your favorite Martin & Lewis movie?” No question the pre-breakup movies were funnier than the post-breakup ones…

    • Bruce Reber

      According to various sources, Martin constantly having to play straight man to Lewis, and Dean having his crooning overshadowed by Jerry’s on-stage clowning was the main factor in their breakup.

  • Keith

    I’m assuming this thread is operating under the premise that no one has seen “The Day the Clown Cried”.

    • Lawrence P. Ressler

      “The Day The Clown Cried” was never officially released as a movie. Only in recent years has some out takes from the film surfaced for the public to view. Jerry Lewis himself stated that he did not want the film released, because he simply wasn’t very funny in it. After looking at the footage at the time of filming in 1972, Lewis felt that he had lost his comedic timing and comedic sense. Because of this, he felt that he would be cheating his fans if he allowed that film to be released. To my knowledge, the film was never completely finished, and what remains of “The Day The Clown Cried” will not be available publicly until a number of years after Jerry Lewis eventually passes away.

  • mike

    The Geisha Boy was a classic Jerry movie!

  • Toby Martin II

    Jerry Lewis’ 1958 comedy “Rock-A-Bye Baby,” with Connie Stevens; which–for some reason, is not included in this roster of his post-Martin work in films.. (This is a revised posting to include the movie’s title!)

  • Ryan

    Where is ROCK-A-BYE BABY that he did with Connie Stevens???????????
    By far his best film. Shame on you.

  • Gord Jackson

    I’m not personally much of a Jerry Lewis fan. However I did find THE LADIES MAN the most amusing of his solo efforts with honourable mention to a brilliant turn in THE KING OF COMEDY, for which he should have received an Academy Award nomination.

    • Bruce Reber

      IMO in “The King Of Comedy” Jerry’s performance was kind of overshadowed by that of Robert DeNiro.

  • Jay

    What was the movie where he wreaks havoc in the department store where the vacuum cleaner goes out of control and sucks up the womans dress and she is in her underwear and starts screaming. And then he climbs high up on a ladder to get a giant container of gum balls for a kid in a candy store. Who’s Minding The Store – may be the movie. Another one was where the soft serve ice cream machine broke and ice cream comes pouring out. I think that was a circus movie. The one where he is dancing the jitterbug with a college girl at her dormitory in the hallway and they crash through the wall as they are dancing. Turner Classic Movies should have a month long tribute to Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.

    • Sittin_Pretty

      The Big Store ??

  • Blair Kramer

    “The Nutty Professor” of course, without question. But as I have said in my own article about Lewis and his films, there is no middle ground with him. You either like him or you don’t. He is definitely an acquired taste. For most people, he takes some getting used to.

    • Bruce Reber

      I’ll take any JL comedy over any of the so-called “comedies” of today any time!

  • wade

    I think he could be a very funny man for some people obviously the French loved him,but it wasn’t a humour I found amusing , I found his films actually kind of irritating. I liked him better with Dean Martin

  • Sittin_Pretty

    Heeeeeeyyyyyyy Laaaadiiiieeeee!

  • John M

    I agree with Jay…..his slapstick abilities were priceless and genuinely funny.

  • Movie Fan

    Jerry Lewis is a unique talent. I hated some of his films, loved others, but never once did I hate his performances. My only suggestion is to enjoy a few adult beverages while viewing his work. He just gets funnier and funnier the closer you get to the olive…

  • Hal W.

    Not on the list and I feel his funniest film was IT’S ONLY MONEY.

  • lars jurgensen

    My favorite is “The Big Mouth” which isn’t currently on DVD. Charlie Callas is great!! Guess we’ll have to wait until Jerry is gone before we see it on video.

  • Legal eagle

    Hook, Line and Sinker was a gem. Loved the funeral scene!

  • Bruce Reber

    “It’s Only Money” and “The Disorderly Orderly”, two of Jerry’s best, also not on the list. I voted for “The Nutty Professor” as my JL fave – inside every man there’s a Buddy Love trying to get out IMO!

    • hupto

      Yes, MONEY is my pick as well.

  • Lawrence P. Ressler.

    I chose “other”, because the Jerry Lewis film that I chose was the 1980 film, “Hardly Working”. It was his first starring role in almost a decade. I had the privilege of watching this film in the movie theater at the time, and Jerry Lewis “hit it out of the ballpark” with his comedy work. Jerry Lewis had finally “got his mojo back”. It is a darn shame that he did not any more comedy films as the leading star of the film. I would have liked to have seen more Jerry Lewis films in the style of “Hardly Working” being made and released throughout the 1980s. I guess that he felt that he could not keep up with Robin Williams and other younger comedy actors of that era.

    • Lawrence P. Ressler.

      I meant “make”

  • Frosty

    My pick is “The Day the Clown Cried”. It’s about a clown that leads children to the gas chamber in a nazi prison camp(sound familiar?). Lewis directed and starred in the film and,at the time, was very proud of it. Public opinion disagreed. Whenever he’s asked about it, he goes ballistic. It’s still in the can somewhere; Lewis just refuses to release it. It kind of like the holy grail of movies. I’d love to see it, just out of curiosity.

    • Bruce Reber

      I think it’s about a clown who entertains concentration camp children who are on their way to die in the gas chamber. It seems odd that JL would make a dramatic movie like this, considering all the movies he’d made before (and would make after) TDTCC were comedies. Besides, I don’t think it did very well at the box office, and I don’t think it’s ever been shown on TV.

  • Butch Knouse

    You left out “Which Way to the Front.”

  • Dan W

    “Who’s Minding the Store” is my favorite.

  • Chip

    Wasn’t on the list, but Big Mouth has always been my favorite!

  • Fred Smith

    I thought “The Errand Boy” had some classic comedy routines in it. Especially when Lewis’ character gets trapped in the pool, gets out and is filled with water.

  • Lulubell

    Errand Boy