From slapstick to Scorsese, here are five of Jerry Lewis’ finest:
Hollywood or Bust (1956)
Lewis’ last onscreen duet with Martin is part road movie, part Tinseltown satire, with the still-boyish comedian as a nerdy film buff with a slobbering Great Dane.
The Bellboy (1960)
Lewis’ directorial debut is a Chaplinesque series of slapstick gags centering on a spazzy, accident-prone hotel gofer dealing with haughty guests.
The Ladies Man (1961)
A technical marvel. Lewis plays a shy nudnick working in a lodging house for women. The set was a three-story dollhouse with director Lewis soaring on a crane-mounted camera.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Lewis’ personal favorite pits horn-rimmed nerd Prof. Julius Kelp against his Jekyll-and-Hyde alter ego, a lounge lizard named Buddy Love (a swipe at Martin?).
The King of Comedy (1983)
Martin Scorsese’s bruise-black comedy about a wannabe stand-up (Robert De Niro) who’s obsessed with a late-night talk-show host (Lewis). A masterpiece.