“I love private investigators! I want you to investigate me!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
while Jack Weston is gleefully homicidal as Scott’s accomplice:
and Jesse White demonstrates unexpected sex-appeal as the aptly named “Pete Flint”.
Less successful is buxomy Joan O’Brien as Questel’s personal nurse, whose character seems to waver between genuine concern for Lewis’s safety and an undeniably gold-digging itch (does she really love him?).
Ultimately, this one is only must-see viewing for diehard Lewis fans, but film fanatics likely won’t feel their time has been wasted.
Note: Among the fifteen Jerry Lewis titles included in GFTFF (too many!), I recommend that ffs check out the following: At War With the Army (1950), Artists and Models (1955), The Bellboy (1960), The Nutty Professor (1963), and King of Comedy (1982); The Errand Boy (1961) is also worth a look simply for its brilliant “orchestra pantomime” scene.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: