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Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River

G Released Jun 19, 1968 1h 39m Comedy List
Reviews 47% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Dreamer George Lester (Jerry Lewis) continually focuses on outrageous ways to make cash, and his fed-up wife, Pamela (Jacqueline Pearce), finally decides to leave him. To impress her, he converts their home into a swinging dance club -- but she is mortified when she returns. Undeterred, George enlists his grifter buddy H. William Homer (Terry-Thomas) and concocts a bizarre moneymaking plan that involves secret blueprints, international espionage and crooked dentist Dr. Pinto (John Bluthal). Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Dreary comedy, where the laughs are not forthcoming. Rated: C- Mar 22, 2012 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 14, 2005 Full Review Ryan Cracknell Apollo Guide A tame mix of jokes that haven't stood up over the years and misunderstandings that likely weren't all that funny to begin with. Rated: 54/100 Jan 26, 2004 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Pretty funny Lewis vehicle. More controlled than most. Rated: 3/5 Aug 21, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member ok comic vehicle 4 Lewis Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is all over the place. I don't even know where to begin. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Briskly paced British film, not hilarious, some may not be amused either. Jerry Lewis is portrayed from the beginning as a confidence man, a quick sell artist. He can't understand why his British wife wants a divorce. George Lester (Jerry Lewis) is an American living in Britain. His passion is get-rich-quick schemes, and they have caused financial and personal grief for him and his wife, Pamela, (Jacqueline Pearce) who is considering divorce if he continues with them. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQTnNioZk8lPmWVtgjymbkFCMxWLhrWNUgd3yi6-tmYLZn_TSfh[/img] Jerry and wife discuss their messy life The film itself is well done and the actress is great to look at as she is the nearly divorced wife of Jerry. So I found her a sweet distraction from the movie as a whole and Jerry's suave, black tie character. But the film loses me on credibility when Jerry schemes to turn a country mansion of his wealty wife into a chinese discoteque. The highlight is watching British comic Terry Thomas in the film working with Jerry on their next criminal act. Thomas was well known to the American public by this time. [img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRcsKQbrgfVsqQRF5N2Tq-5X1kJPK27bT-_AOHDXEJfrZ0CX0U[/img] Terry Thomas (left) and Jerry Lewis SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jp-tLaaiRYY&list=PLC790DB5AF9AE53B0 REVIEWS: 60% I found this movie entertaining and interesting. I laughed and that's enough. Cast Jerry Lewis as George Lester Terry-Thomas as H. William Homer Jacqueline Pearce as Pamela Lester Bernard Cribbins as Fred Davies Patricia Routledge as Lucille Beatty Nicholas Parsons as Dudley Heath Michael Bates as Dr. Spink Colin Gordon as Mr. Hartford John Bluthal as Dr. Pinto Sandra Caron as Pinto's Nurse Margaret Nolan as Spink's Nurse Harold Goodwin as Six-Eyes Wiener [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRuhpBQPo6lT-KpiUvJvMwkzamurHz_89jwU2AKFh0S1cFVTwtJ[/img] Directed by Jerry Paris (who directed the Dick Van Dyke TV show) Produced by Walter Shenson Written by Max Wilk Distributed by Columbia Pictures Release date(s) 12 July 1968 Running time 99 minutes [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e3/Dontraise.jpg/220px-Dontraise.jpg[/img] More review to come..... Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Dull and dated Lewis farce. There are some wild visuals on occasion, mostly due to some groovy set design, but it's not very good over all. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member I found this movie entertaining and interesting. I laughed and that's enough. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member definitely not jerry lewis's best work Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Dreamer George Lester (Jerry Lewis) continually focuses on outrageous ways to make cash, and his fed-up wife, Pamela (Jacqueline Pearce), finally decides to leave him. To impress her, he converts their home into a swinging dance club -- but she is mortified when she returns. Undeterred, George enlists his grifter buddy H. William Homer (Terry-Thomas) and concocts a bizarre moneymaking plan that involves secret blueprints, international espionage and crooked dentist Dr. Pinto (John Bluthal).
Director
Jerry Paris
Producer
Walter Shenson
Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation, Walter Shenson Productions
Rating
G
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 19, 1968, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 16, 2012
Runtime
1h 39m
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