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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's Only Money (1962)

A TV repairman (Jerry Lewis) wants to be a private detective so he attempts to help his detective friend (Jesse White) in locating the missing heir to a multi million dollar fortune. However, the fiance (Zachary Scott) of the heir's aunt (Mae Questel) has no intention of the heir being found since he plans on killing his bride after the wedding and keeping the money to himself. The collaborations between Jerry Lewis and the director Frank Tashlin are among the best of both the Martin & Lewis vehicles as well as Lewis' individual projects. Alas, IT'S ONLY MONEY is one of the weakest of the Lewis/Tashlin pictures. It's not from lack of trying as Tashlin once again attempts to translate cartoon antics to live action. The repeated but failed attempts by Jack Weston as Scott's henchman to kill Lewis are reminiscent of the coyote's frustrated attempts to do in the road runner but it's just tired. Still, there are a few laughs to be had though few and far between. Lewis would hit comedy pay dirt with his next movie, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR. With Joan O'Brien, Barbara Pepper and Ted De Corsia.

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