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The Family Jewels (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 1 July 1965 (USA)
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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Dr. Matson
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Attorney
Jay Adler ...
Mr. Lyman, Attorney
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Pool Hall Owner
Jesslyn Fax ...
Airline Passenger
Renie Riano ...
Airline Passenger
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Airline Passenger
Frances Weintraub Lax ...
Airline Passenger (as Frances Lax)
Marjorie Bennett ...
Airline Passenger
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Joe
Milton Frome ...
Pilot
Gene Baylos ...
Clown
Donna Butterworth ...
Donna Peyton (as Miss Donna Butterworth)
John Lawrence ...
Chief Petty Officer
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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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1 July 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las joyas de la familia  »

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About eight minutes into the film, Jerry Lewis (as the chauffeur) sits down to listen to a phonograph record. It's his son's band's (Gary Lewis & The Playboys) biggest hit, "This Diamond Ring." See more »

Connections

Remade as The Family Jewels See more »

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Little Miss Go-Go
Written by Russell / Brown / Leslie
Sung by Gary Lewis and the Playboys
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awful
24 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have been giving Jerry Lewis a chance recently. He was great with Dean Martin in the 1950's TV show; there are many great moments in those. The French, or some of them, revere him. His movies alone, in the late fifties and sixties,however, do nothing for me. Family Jewels is one of the worst. If you ever see the Dick Cavett interview, you might sense a certain arrogance or pretentiousness, more than can be attributed to the situation of a star and the adoring interviewer . These solo films, written by, directed by, and starring Lewis, reflect a certain self-indulgence, that of a great clown who has lost sight of what's funny. Explore the early work and don't waste much time with the later.


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