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The Family Jewels (1965)

Passed | | Comedy | 4 October 1965 (Sweden)
A young heiress must choose between six uncles, one of which is up to no good and out to harm the girl's beloved bodyguard who practically raised her.

Director:

Jerry Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Willard Woodward / James Peyton / Everett Peyton / Julius Peyton / Capt. Eddie Peyton / Skylock Peyton / 'Bugs' Peyton
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Matson
Neil Hamilton ... Attorney
Jay Adler ... Mr. Lyman, Attorney
Robert Strauss ... Pool Hall Owner
Jesslyn Fax ... Airline Passenger
Renie Riano ... Airline Passenger
Ellen Corby ... Airline Passenger
Frances Weintraub Lax Frances Weintraub Lax ... Airline Passenger (as Frances Lax)
Marjorie Bennett ... Airline Passenger
Herbie Faye ... Joe
Milton Frome ... Pilot
Gene Baylos Gene Baylos ... Clown
Donna Butterworth ... Donna Peyton (as Miss Donna Butterworth)
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Chief Petty Officer
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Storyline

Nine-year-old Donna Peyton is orphaned when her father dies and leaves her with a $30 million fortune. Her late father's attorney, John Wyman, explains that she must visit each of her six uncles (all played by Jerry Lewis) and decide which of them will become her new "father." Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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Jerry is seven times nuttier in seven gems of character portrayal!

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Familienjuwel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Uncle Julius, the photographer, was based off Jerry Lewis' role of Professor Kelp in "Nutty Professor." Same voice, same glasses, same mannerisms. See more »

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Featured in The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009) See more »

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Little Miss Go-Go
Written by Leon Russell (as Russell), Lou Brown (as Brown) and Snuff Garrett (as Leslie)
Sung by Gary Lewis & The Playboys
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Goofy stuff
20 April 1999 | by DrWormSee all my reviews

Ah, Jerry Lewis. One of the most underappreciated comic actor/writer/directors. In "The Family Jewels" he attempts to play every single member of a family of brothers...and pulls it off successfully. All these Lewis characters are funny and quirky, and this movie is consistently entertaining all the way through. Note the similarites between the voice of the airline pilot Peyton brother and the voice of Paul Reubens' Pee-Wee Herman. The plot here involves a young girl who must live with one of her uncles, and her search for the uncle she likes best. But that's mostly an excuse to let Lewis show off his incredible comedic character talents. Sometimes downright cartoonlike.


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