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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

One of Lewis's best films

Author: mybiglarch from Edmonton, Canada
26 September 2007

I think this is one Jerry Lewis's best films. Not only is it incredibly funny, but it evokes compassion (Mr.Wooley's relationship with the young boy is touching, and will make you cry) from the audience without being too sentimental. The Japanese setting is beautiful and exotic, and Miss Kimi is lovely and charming. No wonder Mr.Wooley prefers her to the cold American Sergeant Pearson (Suzanne Pleshette)! When Mr.Wooley accidentally knocks a big Hollywood actress down an airplane staircase--that has to be one of the funniest scenes in any Lewis film. This is a great family movie, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants good comedy with a touch of tenderness in it. It ranks right up there with "The Nutty Professor"(1963).

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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

It was exciting to a child

Author: jamesrl48 from Hopkins, Missouri
22 August 2002

This movie came to debut when I was ten. It was the rabbit that made me want to go and see it several times. I find this one of Jerry Lewis' better movies, minus Dean Martin. While most of his movies are just stupid, this one had some heart and soul. It is a great movie for children and if it were made to day could only be improved with maybe some special effects. Baseball fans will love it for the scene involving the Los Angeles Dodgers who had just come west from Brooklyn.

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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Not a Lewis fan? This could change your mind!

Author: Thomas Clement (Mr. OpEd) from Los Angeles
19 February 1999

This is one of the funniest films, not just in the Jerry Lewis catalog, but ever. Lewis is a clumsy magician, trying to entertain the troops overseas (even in fox holes and under fire). Frank Tashlin's shots of Lewis' white rabbit friend, associate, and confidant are hysterical simply by their brilliant framing (and it's really just a plain old white rabbit!). Of course, there's romance as Lewis befriends a Japanese family with a gorgeous young woman, as well as the kind of sensitive story line with a terribly cute Japanese boy which John Hughes and Steven Spielberg so often fail at. And while we're at it, there's baseball and a Bridge on the River Kwai site gag. Speaking of gags, Lewis being stalked in a Japanese bath and the payoff shot are fabulous. Fun for the whole family and a must see for both Lewis fans and those who've wondered what the fuss was all about.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Just not at all embarrassing or racist, like you might fear.

Author: Ben_Cheshire from Oz
5 May 2015

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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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

Jerry goes to Japan

Author: Petri Pelkonen ( from Finland
18 February 2002

Gilbert Wooley (Jerry Lewis) is a magician who goes to entertain the troops in Asia with his rabbit.There he meets a beautiful Japanese girl and a small orphan boy.The Geisha Boy (1958) is directed by Frank Tashlin and it's another hilarious Jerry Lewis movie.It's not quite the best but it still offers many funny scenes.Mr Lewis is one of the best comedians of all time and in the 50's and 60's he ruled the world of comedy.Nowadays there are only a few comedians if any who can reach to his level.This comic who will turn 76 years old next month has made many people laugh for decades.He isn't as popular in USA as he is in Europe, especially in France, which is a shame.I think everybody should notice what a great talent he is.Just watch this movie and I bet you can't stop laughing.And there's only one man to blame for that;Jerry Lewis

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Jerry Lewis in Peak Form

Author: hms-ironduke from United States
26 February 2012

My family loved this movie. Jerry Lewis was hilarious at times with his companion rabbit for his magic shows. Jerry Lewis movies usually take things to an extreme with humor and silliness, but this movie has a nice balance between being funny and developing the friendship with the little boy from Japan. Lewis seems to be very confident in either role and this movie is probably one of my favorites from him. Highly recommend it - it makes a great family night movie. It is a bit odd to see the styles back in the 1950s and to see them wondering around the airport out on the tarmac. Some of his funniest scenes occur during his run ins with the star Hollywood Actress - when they were deplaning down the stairs was very funny and was smoothly performed with some "bumps" for the actress as she made her way down the stairs. Also, the seen with Harry, his rabbit, getting into the same bed as the star actress and Jerry Lewis yelling at him without using an audible voice was hilarious - you knew exactly what he was saying and what he was thinking.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Great Jerry Lewis Movie

Author: ebiros2 from United States
19 September 2012

Cute little comedy that I like. Too bad for Suzanne Pleshette, but Jerry stick to love has no boarder motto.

This and Marlon Brando's "Sayonara" surprises me in the friendly attitude the producers has towards the Japanese just 11 years after WWII. Also, the depiction of the Japanese culture is pretty accurate, although it's clear that the movie is not shot in Japan.

This movie was made 2 years after Jerry broke up with Dean, and he shows that he can well hold it on his own.

Shot beautifully, probably in Los Angeles, and few footage from Japan, this movie wouldn't bore you.

This is one of the Jerry Lewis movie that I like.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Quite enjoyable.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
18 June 2016

"The Geisha Boy" is one of Jerry Lewis' better films. This is because the film is rather sweet without being maudlin or saccharine. It also places more emphasis on the story as opposed to laughs...though it has a decent number of laughs as well--with the sort of hit or miss laughs you expect from such a movie.

When the film begins, Gilbert Wooley (Lewis) is flying along with his rabbit, Harry, on an Air Force plane bound for a USO tour of Japan. However, along the way, Gilbert (not unexpectedly) makes a total nuisance of himself. It ultimately results in him ripping the dress off an obnoxious but famous actress--and he is to be punished by being sent on a tour of the front lines in Korea. But during his bumbling, he impresses a little Japanese boy who apparently has been depressed. The boy instantly bonds with Gilbert and now there is a can Gilbert leave Japan following his Korean tour? After all, the kid sees him as his new step-father!

The film has a lot of goofy laughs but at heart is appears to actually be a re-working of the famous Chaplin film, "The Kid", and goes for those same sorts of heartwarming scenes between Jerry and the boy...and these work very well. I also think the film works well because it was neither written nor directed by Lewis and so the pacing was a bit better than some of his later films. Overall, a delightful film.

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A few funny sight-gags mixed in with Lewis endlessly calling for his rabbit

Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv
15 June 2017

Combination slapstick comedy and sentimental tale of East-West friendship has unemployed magician Jerry Lewis signed for a USO tour of the Orient, opening for a glamorous starlet. He manages to get on everybody's bad side by the time their plane lands--except for somewhat-smitten female Army sergeant Suzanne Pleshette (in her debut)--and winds up performing for the troops in Korea (on the battlefield!) and for Japanese children, one of whom wants Jerry for his daddy. Writer-director Frank Tashlin doesn't know when to kill a gag, and Lewis (also the producer) never wants to be off-camera, resulting in funny sequences which soon become belabored and monotonous. Lewis' mischievous pet rabbit (named "Harry!") is used for a constant series of jokes (topped off by the finale), but the occasional hints of possible romance are never expanded upon (Jerry is too busy laying on the paternal syrup with the fatherless boy). Though glossy and colorful, the film's high comedy palls at the 30-minute mark...with an hour left on the clock. ** from ****

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J Lewis trips into Tokyo

Author: ksf-2 from southwest US
8 June 2017

The ever-zany Jerry Lewis is down-on-his-luck Wooley the Magician, who signs up for a USO gig to try to get more bookings. Of course his rabbit Harry steals the show. Marie MacDonald is the mean, selfish movie star Lola Livingston. Suzanne Pleshette (in her first film role) is Sgt. Pearson, in charge of the show. About the first half of the film is spent watching Lewis trip over suitcases as he tries to find the rabbit. Goes on waaaay too long. Then he trips over Lola and her dress, and causes another scene. I guess we knew there would be a lot of falling and tripping in a Jerry Lewis film. One funny scene with the rabbit wearing an ice pack after a rough day. Pretty good. Enjoy the laughs, but don't try to make too much out of it. Another great scene where Harry the rabbit slides down the banister. Secondary plot where Wooley befriends a child. Directed by Frank Tashlin who did it all! He wrote, animated cartoons (funny story about Bing...), directed, and knew a thing or two about what works in comedy. Geisha Boy is pretty fun... and Lewis keeps use of his high pitched voice to a minimum. Showing on an over-the-air daytime movie channel.

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