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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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Dr. Matson
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Jay Adler ...
Mr. Lyman, Attorney
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Pool Hall Owner
Jesslyn Fax ...
Airline Passenger
Renie Riano ...
Airline Passenger
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Frances Weintraub Lax ...
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Marjorie Bennett ...
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Herbie Faye ...
Joe
Milton Frome ...
Pilot
Gene Baylos ...
Clown
Donna Butterworth ...
Donna Peyton (as Miss Donna Butterworth)
John Lawrence ...
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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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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 »

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Sung by Gary Lewis and the Playboys
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Kind Hearts And Jerry Lewis
8 December 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Family Jewels casts Jerry Lewis as chauffeur/bodyguard/factotum to little Donna Butterworth who is worth millions and who has just lost her father. The attorney for her estate is the officious Neil Hamilton and by the terms of her father's will Butterworth can choose whom her guardian shall be among an interesting variety of uncles.

And those uncles are all played by Jerry Lewis in a homage to Alec Guinness and the many members of D'Ascoyne family he played in Kind Hearts And Coronets. The Family Jewels is not as good a film as Kind Hearts And Coronets but that's because the Guinness film contains a witty and interesting story, wit being supplied by Dennis Price as he kills off the heirs.

Nothing that bad here except one of the uncles Jerry plays is a gangster who wants the fortune for himself and holds Butterworth for ransom after several inept efforts to capture her from chauffeur Lewis.

The most interesting of the Lewis characters is that of the pilot uncle who has a broken down one plane airline who happens to get a charter flight the day Butterworth visits. The whole sequence is one sustained gag about this group of old ladies with matrimony on their minds who out of desperation take Jerry's airline to a convention in Chicago. The trip is most interesting and hilarious.

Jerry directed himself in this and director Lewis packaged all his characters with tender care for a still appreciative audience.


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