The Family Jewels (1965)

 |  Comedy  |  1 July 1965 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Matson
Jay Adler ...
Mr. Lyman, Attorney
Pool Hall Owner
Jesslyn Fax ...
Airline Passenger
Renie Riano ...
Airline Passenger
Airline Passenger
Frances Weintraub Lax ...
Airline Passenger (as Frances Lax)
Marjorie Bennett ...
Airline Passenger
Herbie Faye ...
Milton Frome ...
Gene Baylos ...
Donna Butterworth ...
Donna Peyton (as Miss Donna Butterworth)
John Lawrence ...
Chief Petty Officer


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 <>

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




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1 July 1965 (USA)  »

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Las joyas de la familia  »

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All in the "Family"...
24 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll give Lewis credit: even though this one isn't on par with the uproarious stuff he and Dean Martin did or even with "The Disorderly Orderly" or "The Nutty Professor", "The Family Jewels" shows Lewis doing what he does best.

Running amok.

Playing no less than seven characters here, Lewis changes costumes, accents and venues but stays just as addled in all of them. This time, he plays a chauffeur who takes care of a little girl (Butterworth, a novice here and since) and shuttles her between six brothers (all Lewis again) who vie to be guardian of her and the millions of dollars she will inherit.

Of course, it's interesting to see that he brings back (in shape only) his character from "The Nutty Professor". Good to see him.

And only Lewis could make a slapstick free-for-all in which Anne Baxter makes a cameo.

It's good, nutty fun for all and definitely a better choice than his later work. "The Family Jewels" - definitely a "Jewel" in the rough.

Eight stars.

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