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The Family Jewels (1965)

Passed | | Comedy | 4 October 1965 (Sweden)
A young heiress must choose between six uncles, one of which is up to no good and out to harm the girl's beloved bodyguard who practically raised her.

Director:

Jerry Lewis
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Willard Woodward / James Peyton / Everett Peyton / Julius Peyton / Capt. Eddie Peyton / Skylock Peyton / 'Bugs' Peyton
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Matson
Neil Hamilton ... Attorney
Jay Adler ... Mr. Lyman, Attorney
Robert Strauss ... Pool Hall Owner
Jesslyn Fax ... Airline Passenger
Renie Riano ... Airline Passenger
Ellen Corby ... Airline Passenger
Frances Weintraub Lax Frances Weintraub Lax ... Airline Passenger (as Frances Lax)
Marjorie Bennett ... Airline Passenger
Herbie Faye ... Joe
Milton Frome ... Pilot
Gene Baylos Gene Baylos ... Clown
Donna Butterworth ... Donna Peyton (as Miss Donna Butterworth)
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Chief Petty Officer
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Storyline

Nine-year-old Donna Peyton is orphaned when her father dies and leaves her with a $30 million fortune. Her late father's attorney, John Wyman, explains that she must visit each of her six uncles (all played by Jerry Lewis) and decide which of them will become her new "father." Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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Jerry is seven times nuttier in seven gems of character portrayal!

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Familienjuwel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

About eight minutes into the film, Jerry Lewis (as the chauffeur) sits down to listen to a phonograph record. It's his son's band's (Gary Lewis & The Playboys) biggest hit, "This Diamond Ring." See more »

Quotes

Donna Peyton: Willard, you're a hero!
Willard Woodward: What?
Donna Peyton: It says here, right in the paper, in this paper, right here.
Willard Woodward: Let me see.
Donna Peyton: It says all about how you fought a bunch of robbers in Halloween masks who were trying to rob a bank truck.
Willard Woodward: Yeah, I see. Some hero, I didn't even know it. And it's a good thing, if I did, I would have been scared.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1999) See more »

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Little Miss Go-Go
Written by Leon Russell (as Russell), Lou Brown (as Brown) and Snuff Garrett (as Leslie)
Sung by Gary Lewis & The Playboys
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Sevenfold Star Vehicle
31 October 2004 | by directoroffantasiesSee all my reviews

I finally figured out why the French love Jerry Lewis. They have this idea that one guy should be the "author" of a film: director, scenarist, star performer, the whole bit. Fernandel was like that. For their transAtlantic tastes, this standup jokester turned movie mogul is just the ticket.

I saw "The Family Jewels" in the theater as a little boy and loved it; Lewis had reached the point where he could make kids laugh. But are Vegas audiences of adults still buying his act?

This story probably would have been more believable as a stage presentation, as Lewis's mugging certainly works better before a live audience. It's OK on film, and continues to appear on cable from time to time. For someone who figured out how to entertain the little ones, Jerry Lewis here pulls off the very considerable feat of not being upstaged by a child actor.


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