The Geisha Boy

Screening on Film
Directed by Frank Tashlin.
With Jerry Lewis, Marie McDonald, Sessue Hayakawa.
US, 1958, 35mm, color, 98 min.

In one of his first solo-comedies after a fruitful stint with partner Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis plays a third-rate magician who joins a USO entertainment tour in Japan. During the tour, a young orphan attaches himself to Lewis, taking him as a surrogate father. Tashlin employs his distinct, cartoonish style, honed during his years as an animator, and supplies some great visual jokes, including a magician’s rabbit that becomes a character in its own right. Much to the chagrin of Brooklynites, the film features a cameo by the then-recently relocated Los Angeles Dodgers, who play an exhibition game against a Japanese team.

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