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Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River -- A man, threatened with divorce by his wife, retreats into daydreams of adventure and excitement. With the aid of a con man, he plots to steal the plans for a valuable new invention, a high-speed oil drill, and peddle the plans to oil-rich Arabs.
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12 July 1968 (USA) See more »
An American plans to bilk the British out of some considerable money with the help of an English con artist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jerry Lewis ... George Lester

Terry-Thomas ... H. William Homer
Jacqueline Pearce ... Pamela Lester

Bernard Cribbins ... Fred Davies

Patricia Routledge ... Lucille Beatty
Nicholas Parsons ... Dudley Heath

Michael Bates ... Dr. Spink
Colin Gordon ... Mr. Hartford

John Bluthal ... Dr. Pinto
Sandra Caron ... Pinto's Nurse

Margaret Nolan ... Spink's Nurse
Harold Goodwin ... Six-Eyes Wiener
Nike Arrighi ... Portuguese Waitress
John Barrard ... Zebra Man
Pippa Benedict ... Fern Averback
Alexandra Dane ... Masseuse
Colin Douglas ... Barman
Robert Lee ... Bruce (as Robbie Lee)
Al Mancini ... Portuguese Chauffeur
Ricardo Montez ... Arab (as Richard Montez)
John Moore ... Digby
Molly Peters ... Heath's Secretary
Henry Lincoln ... Bearded Arab (as Henry Soskin)

Francesca Tu ... Chinese Telephonist

Jerry Paris ... Baseball Umpire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sally Geeson ... Girl Guide (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Air Passenger (uncredited)
Gary Warren ... Boy with Telescope (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Paris 
Writing credits
Max Wilk (screenplay)

Max Wilk (novel "Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River")

Produced by
Leon Becker .... associate producer
Walter Shenson .... producer
Original Music by
David Whitaker 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
Art Direction by
John Howell 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Benny Royston .... makeup artist
Joan Telfer .... hairdresser
Production Management
Basil Rayburn .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director (as Doug Hermes)
Art Department
Pamela Cornell .... set dresser
Sound Department
Jeanne Henderson .... sound editor
Ken Ritchie .... sound recordist
Nolan Roberts .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Godfrey A. Godar .... camera operator (as Godfrey Godar)
David Wynn-Jones .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe
Gabriella Falk .... wardrobe coordinator
Charles Guerin .... wardrobe
Maxine Leighton .... wardrobe designer: Miss Pearce
Music Department
David Whitaker .... conductor
Other crew
Eileen Head .... continuity
Leo Kharibian .... choreographer
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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First feature film of 'Patrica Routledge'.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of the better Jerry Lewis flicks, 17 March 2009
Author: ksf-2 from southwest US

Pretty good film with Jerry Lewis and Terry Thomas involved in a money scam to raise money quickly. George Lester (Lewis) and his wife Pam (Jacqueline Pearce, who looks and sounds JUST like Audrey Hepburn, even her wardrobe) are getting a divorce, and in an attempt to hold onto her, George has spent a lot of money converting their house into a business. Pam will have none of it, and now George needs money fast. He and his buddy Willie Homer (Terry Thomas) come up with a scheme to sell something that belongs to Pam's new beau Dudley Heath (Nick Parsons). Thomas had made "Naked Truth" with P. Sellers ten years prior... Keep an eye out for a YOUNG Patricia Routledge - she will go on to be Hyacinth Bucket (its Bou - quet !) on BBC's "Keeping Up Appearances". She keeps getting in the way of George's scam. Viewers will know the gap-toothed Terry Thomas as the Colonel and botanist from Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (J. Lewis had a cameo in that) , and TONS of film appearances in the UK and the US. Here, Lewis plays the straight man, who spends most of the film storming and fuming, trying to keep Heath away from Pamela. The funniest scenes in the flick are on the two airplane trips from England to Lisbon, and the slapstick comedy there is done by the flight attendant (Bernard Cribbins). There ARE some funny one-off lines and scenes from J Lewis, (he even says two separate lines directly into the camera). While it IS a clever farce, this has more of a serious, believable story-line than the earlier, sillier J Lewis films where he spoke in a high pitched voice and tripped over himself every couple minutes. Unfortunately, the ending is quite weak, compared to the pace of the rest of the movie. Story by Max Wilk, who had also written "It Happened to Jane", starring Doris Day. Directed by Jerry Paris, best known from the Dick Van Dyke Show. He made the jump from acting to directing pretty early on, and did mostly directing from the 1960s on.

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