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Three on a Couch (1966)

An artist has an opportunity to go to Paris and wants to bring his fiancee along. However, she's a psychiatrist who currently has three female patients who don't like men. So, he guises ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Lewis

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Bob Ross (screenplay), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jerry Lewis ... Christopher Pride / Warren / Ringo / Rutherford / Heather
Janet Leigh ... Dr. Elizabeth Acord
Mary Ann Mobley ... Susan Manning
Gila Golan ... Anna Jacque
Leslie Parrish ... Mary Lou Mauve
James Best ... Dr. Ben Mizer
Kathleen Freeman ... Murphy
Jesslyn Fax ... Rich Lady
Buddy Lester ... The Drunk
Renie Riano ... Old Woman
Renzo Cesana Renzo Cesana ... The Ambassador
Fritz Feld ... The Attaché
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Storyline

An artist has an opportunity to go to Paris and wants to bring his fiancee along. However, she's a psychiatrist who currently has three female patients who don't like men. So, he guises himself as three different men to gauge their trust and hopefully cure them so that his fiancee can go with him. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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When Jerry takes over as "The King" of the great lovers -- Pandemonium reigns! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 on a Couch See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,800,000, 31 December 1966
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Jerry Lewis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)
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Trivia

This was originally announced as a Jack Lemmon vehicle. See more »

Quotes

[Christopher learns from the French ambassador that he has won a prize for his art work]
The Ambassador: Ze first prise is fifty thousand francs. In American money, zat ees ten thousand dollars.
The Attache: Give or take a little.
Christopher Pride: As long as you give, I'll take.
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Soundtracks

A Now and a Later Love
Music by Lou Brown (as Louis Yule Brown)
Lyrics by Jerry Lewis and Lil Mattis
Sung by Danny Costello
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Enochlophobia on the Rocks
19 March 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Jerry Lewis (as Christopher Pride) wants to marry Janet Leigh (as Elizabeth "Liz" Acord) and move to Paris, where he has been commissioned to design a mural. But, Psychiatrist Leigh doesn't want to leave her patients; especially three strikingly beautiful women, who can't seem to develop romantic relationships with men. Mr. Lewis decides to assume three different alternate identities, in order to warm up the three frigid women, and free up fiancée Leigh. Will things get too hot?

Leigh and the three women (Mary Ann Mobley, Leslie Parrish, and Gila Golan) are lovely looking; but, don't watch for them to run around in bikinis and towels a lot -- there isn't much skin on display. James Best (as Ben Mizer) handles the role of Lewis' straight man well. The supporting cast performs ably; Kathleen Freeman and Buddy Lester are always fun to watch, drunk or sober. Lewis plays his "main" personality and four others -- "Warren", "Ringo" (not Beatle-influenced), "Rutherford", and "Heather". They are not complicated characterizations and, so, are not among is best.

"Three on a Couch" is interesting in its overindulgence. It's the Lewis brand, with a drink in one hand, and a cigarette in the other. Note, the script and situations are drenched in alcohol. This gives the film a "drunk", enochlophobic feel. The film's closing "party" has a surreal quality, with guests pouring into spaces they shouldn't fit. Lewis directs this "party" scene very effectively, by the way; his directorial skill is sometimes overshadowed by his on screen persona -- he might have been wise to peruse a parallel career directing movies in which he does not appear.


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