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Great ORIGINAL Press Kit PHOTOGRAPH measuring 8" x 10" from PARAMOUNT PICTURES, that was part of a selling presskit from the 60's featuring Jerry Lewis for the 1957 comedy,

The Delicate Delinquent

Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.

Director: Don McGuire

Writer: Don McGuire

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Martha Hyer and Darren McGavin

Cast

Jerry Lewis ... Sidney L. Pythias
Darren McGavin ... Mike Damon
Martha Hyer ... Martha Henshaw
Robert Ivers ... Monk
Horace McMahon ... Capt. Riley
Richard Bakalyan ... Artie
Joseph Corey ... Harry
Mary Webster ... Patricia
Milton Frome ... Mr. Herman
Jefferson Dudley Searles ... Mr. Crow (as Jefferson Searles)

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MORE INFO ON JERRY LEWIS: Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, producer, writer, director and singer. He is best-known for his slapstick humor on stage, screen and television, his singing ability in a string of music album recordings and his charity fund-raising telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The

American Comedy Awards, The Golden Camera, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented On February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. As a filmmaking innovator, Lewis is credited with inventing the video assist system in cinematography.

Lewis was originally paired up with

Dean Martin in 1946, forming the comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the team's popular nightclub work, they starred in a successful series of comedy films for Paramount Pictures. The act broke up ten years later.

Jerry Lewis was born Joseph Levitch in

Newark, New Jersey, the son of parents of Russian Jewish ancestry. His parents, married in January 1925, were Daniel Levitch, a master of ceremonies and vaudeville entertainer who used the professional name Danny Lewis, and Rachel ("Rae") Levitch (née Brodsky), a piano player for the radio station WOR and musical arrangement performer.

Lewis started performing at the age of five, and by the age of fifteen had developed his Record Act, in which he mimed lyrics of operatic and popular songs to a phonograph. At about age sixteen, he began using the professional name Jerry Lewis instead of Joey Lewis to avoid confusion with comedian

Joe E. Lewis or heavyweight champion Joe Louis. Main article: Martin and Lewis

Lewis gained initial fame with singer

Dean Martin, who served as a straight man to Lewis' manic, zany antics as the Martin and Lewis comedy team. They distinguished themselves from the majority of comedy acts of the 1940s by relying on the interaction of the two comics instead of pre-planned skits. In the late 1940s, they quickly rose to national prominence, first with their popular nightclub act, next as stars of their own radio program, then appearances on early live television (most notably in 1950 as the first of a series of hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour) and finally as film stars in a string of successes for Paramount Pictures.

However, as Martin's roles in their films became less important, the partnership became strained. Martin's diminished participation became an embarrassment in 1954, when

Look magazine used a publicity photo of the team for the magazine cover, but cropped Martin out of the photo. The partnership finally ended on July 25 1956.

Attesting to the team's popularity,

DC Comics published the best-selling The Adventures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comic books from 1952 to 1957. The series continued a year after the team broke up as DC Comics then featured Lewis solo, until 1971, in The Adventures of Jerry Lewis comic books. In this latter series, Lewis was sometimes featured with Superman, Batman, and various other DC Comics' heroes and villains.

Both Martin and Lewis went on to successful solo careers, but for years neither would comment on the split, nor consider a reunion. The next time they were seen together in public was a surprise appearance by Martin on Lewis'

Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon in 1976, arranged by Frank Sinatra. As well, in Lewis's 2005 book Dean and Me (A Love Story), Lewis wrote of his kinship with Martin, who had died in 1995. The pair eventually reconciled in the late 1980s after the death of Martin's son, Dean Paul Martin. The two men were seen together on stage in Las Vegas when Lewis pushed out Dean's birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday to him.

Main article:

Jerry Lewis filmography and television appearances

After the split from Martin, Lewis remained at Paramount and became a major comedy star with his

debut film as a solo comic, The Delicate Delinquent (1957). Teaming with director Frank Tashlin, whose background as a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon director suited Lewis's brand of humor, he starred in five more films, and even appeared uncredited as Itchy McRabbitt in Li'l Abner (1959).

Lewis tried his hand at singing in the 1950s, having a chart hit with the song "

Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" (a song largely associated with Al Jolson and later re-popularized by Judy Garland) as well as the song, "It All Depends On You" in 1958. He eventually released his own album titled, Jerry Lewis Just Sings.

By the end of his contract with producer

Hal B. Wallis, Lewis had several productions of his own under his belt. His first three efforts, The Delicate Delinquent (1957), Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958) and The Geisha Boy (1958), were all efforts to move away from Wallis, who Lewis felt was hindering his comedy.[citation needed] In 1960, Lewis finished his contract with Wallis with Visit to a Small Planet (1960), and wrapped up work on his own production, Cinderfella.

Cinderfella was postponed for a Christmas 1960 release, and Paramount needed a quickie feature film for its summer 1960 schedule, and held Lewis to his contract to produce one. Lewis came up with

The Bellboy. Using the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami as his setting, on a small budget, a very tight shooting schedule, and no script, Lewis shot the film by day and performed at the hotel in the evenings. Bill Richmond collaborated with him on the many sight gags. During production, Lewis developed the technique of using video cameras and multiple closed circuit monitors, allowing him to view scenes while he was filming them, which allowed him to review his performance instantly. Later, he incorporated videotape, and as more portable and affordable equipment became available, this technique would become an industry standard known as video assist.

Lewis followed The Bellboy by directing several more films which he co-wrote with Richmond, including

The Ladies Man (1961), The Errand Boy (1961), The Patsy (1964) and the well-known comedy hit, The Nutty Professor (1963), which was later successfully remade as a vehicle for Eddie Murphy in 1996 and followed by a sequel, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) both executed produced by Lewis for Universal Pictures and Image Entertainment. Lewis occasionally handed directing reins to Frank Tashlin, who directed several of his productions, including It's Only Money (1962) and Who's Minding the Store? (1963).

In 1965, Lewis directed and (along with Bill Richmond) wrote the comedy film

The Family Jewels about a young heiress who 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. Lewis played all six uncles and the bodyguard.

By 1966, Lewis, now 40, was no longer an angular juvenile and his routines seemed more labored. His box office appeal waned, to the point where Paramount Pictures' new executives felt no further need for the Lewis comedies. Undaunted, Lewis packed up and went to

Columbia Pictures, where he made several more comedies.

Lewis taught a film directing class at the

University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a number of years, mentoring such students as George Lucas.[citation needed] In 1968, he screened Steven Spielberg's early film, Amblin' and told his students, "That's what filmmaking is all about."

Lewis starred in and directed the unreleased

The Day The Clown Cried in 1972. The film was a drama set in a Nazi concentration camp. Lewis rarely discusses the experience, but did once explain why the film has not been released by suggesting litigation over post-production financial difficulties. However, he recently admitted during his book tour for Dean and Me that a major factor for the film's burial is that he is not proud of the effort.

Lewis also appeared in stage

musicals. In 1976, he appeared in a revival of Hellzapoppin' with Lynn Redgrave, but it closed on the road before reaching Broadway. In 1994, he made his Broadway debut, as a replacement cast member playing the Devil in a revival of the baseball musical, Damn Yankees, choreographed by future film director Rob Marshall (Chicago).

Lewis returned to the screen in 1981 with

Hardly Working, a film he both directed and starred in. Despite being panned by the critics, the film did eventually earn $50 million. He followed this up with a critically-acclaimed performance in Martin Scorsese's 1983 film, The King of Comedy, in which Lewis plays a late-night TV host plagued by obsessive fans (played by Robert De Niro and Sandra Bernhard). The role had been based on and originally offered to Johnny Carson.[citation needed] Lewis continued doing work in small films in the 1990s, most notably his supporting roles in Arizona Dream (1994) and Funny Bones (1995). He appeared on television on one episode of Mad About You's first season in 1992, playing an eccentric billionaire. In 2008, Lewis reprised his role as Prof. Kelp in The Nutty Professor, his first CGI animated film and follow-up to his original 1963 film with Drake Bell as his nephew, Harold Kelp.

Lewis and his popular movie characters were animated in the cartoon series,

Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down. A production of Filmation in association with ABC and Lewis, the show ran from 1970 to 1972 lasting two seasons. The cartoon starred David Lander (later of Laverne & Shirley fame) as the voice of the animated Lewis character.

Lewis was portrayed by

Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) in the 2002 made-for-TV movie Martin and Lewis opposite Jeremy Northam as Dean Martin. Lewis has long remained popular in Europe: he was consistently praised by some French critics in the influential Cahiers du Cinéma for his absurd comedy, in part because he had gained respect as an auteur who had total control over all aspects of his films, comparable to Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. In March 2006, the French Minister of Culture awarded Lewis the Légion d'honneur, calling him the "French people's favorite clown". Liking Lewis has long been a common stereotype about the French in the minds of many Americans, Australians, Canadians, and Brits, and is often the object of jokes in Anglosphere pop culture.

In 1994, the

Columbia Pictures film, North featured footage of Lewis's classic movies.

In June 2006, Lewis first announced plans to write and direct a stage musical adaptation of his 1963 film,

The Nutty Professor. In October 2008, in an interview on Melbourne radio, Lewis said he had signed composers Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes to write the show for a Broadway opening in November 2010.

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JERRY LEWIS Original DELICATE DELINQUENT Studio PHOTO
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