Just watched this, Jerry Lewis' second solo film after the breakup with Dean Martin, on YouTube. In this one, he plays the title character named Meredith C. Bixby, a Private. He's based on the cartoon character created by George Baker though I don't remember him having a name there. No matter. Anyway, Bixby is mainly the charge of Corporal Larry Dolan (David Wayne) and Pvt. Stan Wenaslawsky (Joe Mantell) as assigned by Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley (Gene Evans) and Maj. Shelton (Phyllis Kirk). As you can tell by the person's name playing the last part, she's a woman though obviously we're supposed to be surprised by that as is Dolan but he certainly doesn't waste time flirting with her! Obviously, his role was originally written with Dean in mind but since he broke up the team and was freelancing at other studios as well, it just wasn't going to be. I'll just say that there are some hilarious scenes for the first 30 or 45 minutes (especially when Jerry manages to defeat some bullies at a bar) and things are mostly moderately amusing after that but still, there's a feel good vibe throughout and when singer Liliane Montevecchi performs or Peter Lorre has to take orders from Lewis, the picture picks up considerably. Oh, and a player from some previous Martin & Lewis movies-Mary Treen, also from my favorite movie: It's a Wonderful Life-has a funny bit as Sgt. Hansen, who finds Jer and his two "friends" accidentally in the womens' barracks. So on that note, The Sad Sack is recommended.
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