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Release Date:
December 1958 (USA) See more »
MORE THAN GREAT COMEDY HERE'S GREAT ENTERTAINMENT (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to entertain the troops in the pacific. During his time in Japan he becomes attached to a little orphan boy. | Add synopsis »
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Just not at all embarrassing or racist, like you might fear. See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jerry Lewis ... Gilbert Wooley

Marie McDonald ... Lola Livingston

Sessue Hayakawa ... Mr. Sikita

Barton MacLane ... Maj. Ridgley

Suzanne Pleshette ... Sgt. Pearson

Nobu McCarthy ... Kimi Sikita (as Nobu Atsumi McCarthy)
Robert Hirano ... Mitsuo Watanabe (as Robert Kazuyoshi Hirano)
Ryuzo Demura ... Ichiyama
The Los Angeles Dodgers ... Themselves
Carl Erskine ... Himself (as The Los Angeles Dodgers)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsunagorô Rashômon ... Baseball player

Murray Alper ... GI in Korea (uncredited)
Walter Alston ... Los Angeles Dodgers Manager (uncredited)
Brad Brown ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Stanley Cha ... Japanese Sportswriter (uncredited)
Gino Cimoli ... Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... GI in Korea (uncredited)
Carl Furillo ... Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder (uncredited)

Alex Gerry ... Colonel Adams (uncredited)
Jim Gilliam ... Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman (uncredited)

Alec Guinness ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gil Hodges ... Los Angeles Dodgers First Baseman (uncredited)

Bob Hope ... Himself (on TV) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Guard at Lockheed Air Terminal (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Lane Nakano ... Japanese Gardener (uncredited)
Charlie Neal ... Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman (uncredited)
Pee Wee Reese ... Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop (uncredited)
John Roseboro ... Los Angeles Dodgers Catcher (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Air Force Sergeant, MATS Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Teru Shimada ... Osakawa, Japanese Detective (uncredited)
Duke Snider ... Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder (uncredited)

Dick Whittinghill ... Reporter (uncredited)

Dave Willock ... GI in Korea (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Tashlin 
Writing credits
Frank Tashlin (screen story)

Frank Tashlin (screenplay)

Rudy Makoul (story)

Produced by
Ernest D. Glucksman .... associate producer
Jerry Lewis .... producer
Original Music by
Walter Scharf 
Cinematography by
Haskell B. Boggs 
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
Casting by
Edward R. Morse 
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
Sam Comer 
Costume Design by
Sy Devore (costumes: men)
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Dean Cole .... hair stylist
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist
Harry Ray .... makeup artist
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager
William Davidson .... unit production manager
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lloyd Allen .... assistant director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. 'Buddy' Coleman)
Nat Merman .... assistant director
Hal W. Polaire .... assistant director
Art Department
Eugene Acker .... standby painter
Cline Jones .... prop shop
Robert McCrellis .... props
Barnard Schoefelt .... props
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound
Gene Merritt .... sound
Bud Parman .... boom operator
Glen Porter .... sound recordist
Keith Stafford .... sound editor
Howard Beals .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
John Smirch .... mike grip (uncredited)
Ted Wasserman .... sound cableman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer
James Grant .... assistant camera
Ken Hunter .... assistant camera
Howard Kelly .... gaffer
Joe Schuster .... best boy
Darrell Turnmire .... company grip
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Alice Moriarty .... casting secretary
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bud Clark .... costumes: men
Ruth Stella .... costumes: women
Other crew
Lionel Comport .... rabbit trainer
Rudy Makoul .... dialogue director
Jack Mintz .... assistant to producer
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Art Sarno .... publicist
Yasushi Taguchi .... technical advisor
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor
Snag Werris .... technical advisor
Al Peterson .... craft service (uncredited)

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Production number # 10326. PCA certificate # 19090, dating from 24 September 1958.See more »
Gilbert Wooley:[Upon discovering that his rabbit is actually a female and has had babies] Hey, YOU'RE not a Harry; you're a HARRIET!See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Just not at all embarrassing or racist, like you might fear., 5 May 2015
Author: Ben_Cheshire from Oz

A sentimental Jerry Lewis comedy about a down and out magician who takes a job entertaining the troops in Japan and meets a young mother and her son who hasn't laughed since his father died.

So I've had this one here for years and avoided it because of the title. Even for a Jerry Lewis movie it sounded too dumb or offensive. While it didn't have the genius routines of The Bellboy, but it was entertaining, funny in a few places, but most surprisingly it was likable. Jerry was likable, the supporting cast were likable, and I had a good time.


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