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The Ladies Man (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy | August 1961 (UK)
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A clueless, recently single graduate unwittingly takes a job as a servant in a mansion inhabited by dozens of young women.


Jerry Lewis





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Herbert H. Heebert / Mama Heebert
Helen Traubel Helen Traubel ... Miss Helen N. Wellenmellon
Pat Stanley Pat Stanley ... Fay
Kathleen Freeman ... Katie
George Raft ... George Raft
Harry James ... Harry James
Marty Ingels ... Marty Ingels
Buddy Lester ... Willard C. Gainsborough
Gloria Jean ... Gloria
Hope Holiday ... Miss Anxious
Jack LaLanne ... Jack LaLanne
Westbrook Van Voorhis Westbrook Van Voorhis ... TV Person to Person
Sylvia Lewis ... Miss Cartilage
Eddie Quillan ... Wolf Man (scenes deleted)
Dee Arlen Dee Arlen ... Miss Liar


After his girl leaves him for someone else, Herbert gets really depressed and starts searching for a job. He finally finds one in a big house which is inhabited by many, many women. Can he live in the same home with all these females? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Diana Dors had a contract with Jerry Lewis Productions to appear in this movie. When she appeared in On the Double (1961) shortly before, she was replaced by another actress. Nevertheless, Dors received her salary of $10,000 for this movie. See more »


As Herbert is sitting at the bus stop, a small red lunch box appears in one scene, but in the next scene he's again without it. See more »


Herbert H. Heebert: Hey, lady!
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Crazy Credits

We wish to Thank the United States Armed Forces (But only if they came to see the picture) See more »


Referenced in Gangs of New York (2002) See more »


He Doesn't Know
Music by Harry Warren
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Middle rank Lewis finds him flying solo for laughs, but getting them a plenty.
7 July 2010 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Herbert H. Heebert (Jerry Lewis) is broken hearted when he finds his childhood sweetheart with another man. Swearing off women for good he accepts a job at a boarding house run by Helen Wellenmellen (Helen Traubel), unaware that it's a women only house-and it's full of them! Could it be that they can be good for Herbert and he be good for them?

Jerry Lewis stars, co-writes and directs a virtually plot less film that's almost entirely set in one magnificent mansion set. As was the case with many of Lewis' film's, it relies on his character creation to bring in the laughs. Which is the case here, the problem being that his surrounding cast are not of the required standard to fully form the comedy. With the exception of the dependable Kathleen Freeman, nobody else comes forward to raise some laughs or enhance on Jerry's goofing. Thus Lewis has to once again carry the can, which works to a degree, but entering the last third the joke that is Herbert Heebert starts to wear thin and only his hardiest fans will be able to stay with him. There's many musings on the film across various internet sources that delve deep into the piece as some sort of masterpiece of sexual identity, machismo empowerment and etc. I don't see it myself, but maybe that's just because I want a Jerry Lewis movie to make me howl with laughter above all else! And for sure The Ladies Man does do that on occasions; because it ultimately is a comic vehicle for Lewis, as a soloist, that works splendidly. His direction is excellent with the camera work around the house fluid and very involving, while the Technicolor production really sparkles and enhances the rich visuals available around the star of the show--the set! A good but not great film, but Lewis as ever, to us his fans, entertains royally. 6/10

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Release Date:

August 1961 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


$3,100,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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