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Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2011)

With Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) as executive producer, this is in essence an autobiography. It follows his career chronologically from the 10-year partnership with Dean Martin to Lewis's ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Michael Andrew Michael Andrew ... Himself
Alec Baldwin ... Himself
Richard Belzer ... Himself
Carol Burnett ... Herself
Chevy Chase ... Himself
Billy Crystal ... Himself
Woody Harrelson ... Himself
Lawrence Inglee ... Himself
John Landis ... Himself
Jerry Lewis ... Himself
Richard Lewis ... Himself
Nigel Lythgoe ... Himself
Deana Martin ... Herself
Eddie Murphy ... Himself
Lee Musiker Lee Musiker ... Himself


With Jerry Lewis (1926-2017) as executive producer, this is in essence an autobiography. It follows his career chronologically from the 10-year partnership with Dean Martin to Lewis's career as writer, producer, director, and actor in a series of Paramount pictures. The chronology is told through archival clips, comments by family members and Hollywood friends, comments from Lewis himself, and clips of him in a contemporary nightclub appearance. Lewis vows to live longer than George Burns. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

17 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jerry Lewis se hace el loco See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Some Rare Archival Stuff Makes it Worth a Watch
22 March 2016 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Jerry Lewis can Thank two things for His successful Career, Ego and Talent. Mostly Ego, because the Talent would Never had the Limitless Exposure without that Enormous Ego driving the Non-Stop Juggernaut that was Jerry Lewis.

Never Tiring, always doing more and more, Stretching the Limits of Human Endurance, He always was Seeking, Experimenting, and Forever "On-Stage".

In this Vanity Piece, He once again is, at age 80+, still on that Stage of Self Aggrandizement and with the Help of Friends and Admirers He rides the Accolades like a Never-Aging Surfer forever trying to Look Young, Glowing, and "With It". Mostly He succeeds.

One tends to want to Look Away from the Screen at times when Lewis, shown at one of His Touring Live Shows, because watching someone You admire Endlessly Talking about how "Great I am" is Embarrassing. The Truth that Lewis never seemed to Understand is none of that is Necessary. The Work Speaks for itself, but Jerry can't help but Speak about Himself, always in Glowing Terms.

Anyway, if You discount most of the "Live" Footage of Jerry Lewis talking about Jerry Lewis Endlessly, the rest of the Documentary contains some Rare Stuff and has some good Movie Clips and it makes the Two Hour Show Worth a Watch.

Just be Prepared for some Cringing. Come to Think about it. Most of Jerry's Work contains perhaps an Equal Amount of Funny Entertainment and Cringe Inducements.

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