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The Family Jewels (1965)

Approved | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Willard Woodward / James Peyton / Everett Peyton / Julius Peyton / Capt. Eddie Peyton / Skylock Peyton / 'Bugs' Peyton
... Dr. Matson
... Attorney
... Mr. Lyman, Attorney
... Pool Hall Owner
... Airline Passenger
... Airline Passenger
... Airline Passenger
Frances Weintraub Lax ... Airline Passenger (as Frances Lax)
... Airline Passenger
... Joe
... Pilot
Gene Baylos ... Clown
... Donna Peyton (as Miss Donna Butterworth)
John Lawrence ... Chief Petty Officer
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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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4 October 1965 (Sweden)  »

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About eight minutes into the film, Jerry Lewis (as the chauffeur) sits down to listen to a phonograph record. It's his son's band's (Gary Lewis & The Playboys) biggest hit, "This Diamond Ring." See more »

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Featured in The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009) See more »

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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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Jerry Lewis in several roles poses no threat to Peter Sellers or Alec Guinness...
16 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Somewhat strenuous farce has Jerry Lewis exhausting himself both on-screen and off, portraying seven different characters while also serving as producer, director and co-writer (with Bill Richmond) of an extremely thin screenplay about a 10-year-old heiress and her search for a daddy. The tyke, worth $30,000,000 after being left orphaned, must choose one of her five uncles to act as her legal guardian--though she gets along best with her accident-prone chauffeur. Lewis is best in his 'straight' role opposite unassuming little Donna Butterworth, but the other acting opportunities are a bust due to Lewis' penchant for self-adoration (also the fault of the editor, who doesn't know when to cut off a scene). The plot is so slim, Lewis has to throw in added unrelated episodes (such as the chauffeur having to briefly manage a busy gas station) just to pad the running time to 99 minutes. Pete King's bouncy score adds a touch of fun, but the plugs for Gary Lewis (Jerry's musician son) are unnecessary and the constant hamming and mugging is often painful to witness. *1/2 from ****


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