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The Family Jewels (1965)

Passed | | Comedy | 4 October 1965 (Sweden)
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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Jerry Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Willard Woodward / James Peyton / Everett Peyton / Julius Peyton / Capt. Eddie Peyton / Skylock Peyton / 'Bugs' Peyton
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Matson
Neil Hamilton ... Attorney
Jay Adler ... Mr. Lyman, Attorney
Robert Strauss ... Pool Hall Owner
Jesslyn Fax ... Airline Passenger
Renie Riano ... Airline Passenger
Ellen Corby ... Airline Passenger
Frances Weintraub Lax Frances Weintraub Lax ... Airline Passenger (as Frances Lax)
Marjorie Bennett ... Airline Passenger
Herbie Faye ... Joe
Milton Frome ... Pilot
Gene Baylos Gene Baylos ... Clown
Donna Butterworth ... Donna Peyton (as Miss Donna Butterworth)
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Chief Petty Officer
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Familienjuwel See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Little Miss Go-Go
Written by Leon Russell (as Russell), Lou Brown (as Brown) and Snuff Garrett (as Leslie)
Sung by Gary Lewis & The Playboys
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Frustratingly uneven...
19 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I wanted to like "The Family Jewels" but found there was more to it to dislike than like. It's really a shame, as some aspects of the film were quite good--but too much of it suffered from extreme overacting.

The film begins with a very rich little girl being told by lawyers that her father's will stipulates that she must move in with one of her five uncles. So, the plan is for her to visit each uncle and spend a couple weeks with each of them--and then she gets to choose the one she'll live with for the rest of her life. The uncles, it turns out, are all played by Jerry Lewis. And, oddly, their unrelated chauffeur also is played by Jerry. So, in many ways the film is reminiscent of such comedies as "Kind Hearts and Coronets", "The Mouse That Roared" and "The Klumps".

There were some parts of the film I liked. A few of the jokes (a distinct minority) were funny and I caught myself laughing a couple times. Additionally, I liked watching the relationship between the chauffeur and the child--showing what I've thought for a long time--that Lewis was EXCELLENT at drama and I wish the film had more of that. But, too often the characters were done with no subtlety and although many reviewers love him, I found much of the antics overbearing and overdone. Subtle, it ain't! It's a shame, as I do like some of Lewis' films--but others just needed less--a lot less.


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