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It's Only Money (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery | 21 November 1962 (USA)
Lester is a clumsy and awkward TV repair man who is nevertheless gifted technically. In helping out a friend, he is drawn into a mystery involving a missing heir in a rich family. He begins... See full summary »

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Frank Tashlin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Lester March
Joan O'Brien ... Wanda Paxton
Zachary Scott ... Gregory DeWitt
Jack Weston ... Leopold
Jesse White ... Pete Flint
Mae Questel ... Cecilia Albright
Pat Dahl Pat Dahl ... Sexy Girl
Barbara Pepper ... Fisherwoman
Francine York ... Sexy Girl
Milton Frome ... Cop at Pier
Del Moore ... Patrolman
Ted de Corsia ... Patrolman
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Storyline

Lester is a clumsy and awkward TV repair man who is nevertheless gifted technically. In helping out a friend, he is drawn into a mystery involving a missing heir in a rich family. He begins to notice little things, like how much those family portraits look like him. Surely..no..he can't be...can he ? Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It'$ Only Money See more »

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Production Co:

Jerry Lewis Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final film of Zachary Scott. See more »

Quotes

Lester March: Nay, hence, and get outta there.
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Isn't It Romantic
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Sung by Mae Questel
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Jerry's mugging it up in this one.
21 July 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I've noticed that in Jerry Lewis' earlier solo films, he tended to play his roles a bit more...quietly. In films like "The Delicate Delinquent" and "The Sad Sack", Lewis was reasonably restrained. However, as the 1960s arrived, Lewis began a long period in which being loud and overplaying things was his schtick. This mugging was quite obvious here in "It'$ Only Money". He's very loud, his voice is much more intensely annoying and ethnic and he is anything but subtle. As a result, it's difficult going at times.

The film finds Jerry playing a TV repairman. A rich inventor has recently died and Jerry's detective friend (Jesse White) wants to use Jerry to infiltrate the dead man's mansion. What no one knows at this point is that Jerry is the heir to the estate--the rich guy's long-lost son. The first to realize this is a shyster lawyer (Zachary Scott) who plans on using his homicidal assistant (Jack Westin) to kill Lewis before he can collect his fortune. And, his plan is to then marry the dead guy's sister (Mae Questel) and then kill her--and taking the fortune for himself. Can Jerry somehow survive? And, for that matter, can the audience survive the ordeal?! Considering how much Lewis mugs during the train recording sequence, when he's shaving and when looking at the painting of his dead father, it's doubtful. Subtle and well acted, it ain't! If you do watch, look for Barbara Pepper (Mrs. Zipfel from "Green Acres") and Mae Questel (the voice of Olive Oyl and Betty Boop). Pepper is just there in a cameo as the lady at the fishing pier and Questel plays Jerry's aunt with the very annoying voice (hence, it's easy to tell they are supposed to be related).


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