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The Family Jewels (1965)

The Family Jewels (1965)

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As if one Jerry Lewis wasn't enough, The Family Jewels offers no fewer than seven Jerrys. Fans of Lewis will like the film. Others should be advised to steer clear of any and all French film festivals. The plot revolves around nine-year-old Donna Peyton (Donna Butterworth), who stands to inherit 30 million dollars. The catch: Donna must pick a new daddy from her late father's six closest male relatives. Lewis spends most of the film playing family chauffeur Willard Woodward, whom Donna loves above all others. He also portrays snaggle-toothed gangster "Bugs" Peyton, hirsute sea captain James Peyton, flying fool Captain Eddie Peyton, cynical clown Everett Peyton, Holmes-like detective Skylock Peyton (whose "Dr. Matson" is corpulent Sebastian Cabot), and photographer Julius Peyton (a reprise of Lewis' Nutty Professor character Julius Kelp). Though fitfully amusing, The Family Jewels is too sloppily put together to completely satisfy anyone other than Lewis' most fervent fans. Best bits: the in-flight movie starring Anne Baxter, the marathon pool game, and Bugs Peyton's outrage at being called a rat fink.

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Cast

Jerry Lewis
as Willard Woodward/James Peyton/Everett Peyton
Donna Butterworth
as Donna Peyton
Sebastian Cabot
as Dr. Matson
Marjorie Bennett
as Plane Passenger
Frances Lax
as Plane Passenger
Ellen Corby
as Plane Passenger
Renie Riano
as Plane Passenger
Jesslyn Fax
as Plane Passenger
Robert Strauss
as Pool Hall Owner
Jay Adler
as Attorney
Neil Hamilton
as Attorney
John Lawrence
as Chief Petty Officer
Francine York
as Air Hostess
John Hubbard
as Second Pilot
Michael Ross
as Second Guard
Gary Lewis & the Playboys
as In-Flight Film Clip
John Macchia
as Univac Operator
Douglas Deane
as Male Model
Maurice Kelly
as Shoe Salesman
Anne Baxter
as Actress in In-Flight Movie
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Critic Reviews for The Family Jewels

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Lewis makes the camera a prism to break out the divergent, and even conflicting, strands of his own character.

Full Review… | May 21, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Since I find one Jerry Lewis too much, seven of them was way too much for me to handle.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Jerry Lewis romp that gives him multiple characters for laughs.

June 29, 2005
Video-Reviewmaster.com

With The Family Jewels, Lewis seems more willing than ever to acknowledge his own hostility towards being dismissed as a kids' entertainer.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Family Jewels

Starts off good and funny, then the jokes and gags just get bad/silly. I do however feel Jerry much better "unpaired" from Dean Martin.

Nick Krolikowski
Nick Krolikowski

While I missed the usual pairing of Lewis & Martin - this film is certainly one of Lewis's best solo performances as he plays multiple characters. Quite entertaining.

Nadine Larakern
Nadine Larakern
½

Very funny movie. Jerry Lewis is extremely good and funny. He plays several different parts in this movie and really plays the characters very well.

Lori Wiegand
Lori Wiegand

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