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The Sad Sack (1957)

Passed | | Comedy | 27 November 1957 (USA)
Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, ... See full summary »

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George Marshall

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Edmund Beloin (screenplay), Nate Monaster (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Private Meredith C. Bixby
David Wayne ... Corporal Larry Dolan
Phyllis Kirk ... Maj. Shelton
Peter Lorre ... Abdul
Joe Mantell ... Pvt. Stan Wenaslawsky
Gene Evans ... Sgt. Major Elmer Pulley
George Dolenz ... Ali Mustapha
Liliane Montevecchi ... Zita
Shepperd Strudwick ... Major General Vanderlip
Abraham Sofaer ... Hassim
Mary Treen ... Sgt. Hansen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Becker Kenneth Becker ... Corporal (as Ken Becker)
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Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months. After he loses a tank, WAC Major Shelton, a psychologist, is assigned to make a good soldier out of him. She requests Corporal Dolan and Private Stan Wensalawsky to help with the training. Dolan and Stan both have scores to settle with Bixby and their "guidance" leads to more mishaps. Sergeant Pulley has them shipped out to Morocco. On leave in North Africa, Bixy wanders alone into a bar, has a few Moroccan Delights, which he thinks are malted milks, and becomes convinced that exotic singer-dancer Zita is THE girl for him. To protect him, Dolan tells him some lies about Zita, and Bixby, in despair, joins the Suicide Division of the Foreign Legion. He is kidnapped by a band of Arabian plotters and, guarded by the knife-happy Abdul, is ordered to assemble a stolen American cannon. Zita learns of his plight and gets Dolan and Stan to join her in a rescue ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Regimentstrottel See more »

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Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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In the original comic, the Sad Sack's name is just that, Private Sad Sack, and he was even given an uncle, a colonel named Saggy Sack. But in the movie, the Sad Sack's name is Meredith Bixby. See more »

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A Highly Underrated Jerry Lewis Vehicle
9 July 2001 | by sataft-2See all my reviews

I do believe the American critics simply prefer to dislike Jerry Lewis' comedy, rather than seeing it for what it really is. The French on the other hand laugh at what makes them laugh, without stopping to analyze weather or not they should. Maybe that is why Lewis is still so popular in France. If so, this film is a perfect example.

It is impossible to watch this film (dated though it is) and not laugh at the comic genius of Lewis. The man has the keen ability to leap between pathos and comedy without showing any signs of effort, or evident seams between the two. Like it or not American critics, that's comedic genius.

Try this film on for comedic size. You'll like it. And just sit back and laugh, don't analyze.


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