An American plans to bilk the British out of some considerable money with the help of an English con artist.


Jerry Paris


Max Wilk (screenplay), Max Wilk (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... George Lester
Terry-Thomas ... H. William Homer
Jacqueline Pearce ... Pamela Lester
Bernard Cribbins ... Fred Davies
Patricia Routledge ... Lucille Beatty
Nicholas Parsons ... Dudley Heath
Michael Bates ... Dr. Spink
Colin Gordon ... Mr. Hartford
John Bluthal ... Dr. Pinto
Sandra Caron Sandra Caron ... Pinto's Nurse
Margaret Nolan ... Spink's Nurse
Harold Goodwin ... Six-Eyes Wiener
Nike Arrighi ... Portuguese Waitress
John Barrard ... Zebra Man
Pippa Benedict Pippa Benedict ... Fern Averback


George Lester is a man who is chasing rainbows, looking for the pot of gold at the end. When his wife, Pamela grows tired of being dragged all over the world, she leaves him. While she is away, George converts her family home into a discotheque, when she returns, she threatens to send George to jail for fraud, cause she didn't give her approval. George needing some fast bucks, decides to turn to an old cohort of his, William Homer but Willy's a little short. George then decides to steal the plans to a new drill, Pamela's suitor, Dudley Heath is working on. But when George gets the mumps, he can't make it to the meeting place and refuses to give Willy the plans unless he gives him the cash first. And the buyers won't give unless they see the merchandise first. Written by

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Jerry's in London - trying to make an easy million the hard way! See more »




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Fillm debut of Patricia Routledge. See more »


References Alfie (1966) See more »


Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
Music by David Whitaker
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Sung by Danny Street
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Funny, but uneven
4 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As Jerry Lewis was winding down in his career as a box office star he did this film in Great Britain where he got to co-star with Terry-Thomas. Lewis plays a mercurial entrepreneur of sorts whose schemes seem to go awry all the time. For one thing unabashed con man Terry-Thomas is constantly bamboozling him. But when wife Jacqueline Pearce finally is ready to leave him once and for all, Lewis has need of his nemesis and the contacts he has to win her back.

He'll have to go some because after he turns their home into what he thinks is a grand idea, a combination discotheque and Chinese Restaurant in swinging London of the Sixties that settles his hash. But Lewis has a scheme whereby he steals the plans for a new type oil driller from Pearce's boyfriend Nicholas Parsons and he needs Terry-Thomas to make the contacts for illegal buyers.

Don't Raise The Bridge Lower The River had a pretty good plot premise, but somehow Lewis and Terry-Thomas never quite meshed together in their comedy styles. It's like both were in different films. In fact the comedy itself is clearly British in origin with Lewis brought in to insure some American box office.

One good thing about the film is the debut of Patricia Routledge as the mentor of some Girl Guides which is the British equivalent of the Girl Scouts. When she gets loaded and sets a romantic eye on Jerry it gets the funniest it does get.

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12 July 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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