in about 100 words or less
US 106m, Colour
Director: Jerry Lewis; Cast: Jerry Lewis, Lillian Briggs, Helen Traubel, Kathleen Freeman, Buddy Lester, George Raft
The Ladies Man is a surreal slapstick comedy that bears the weight of Jerry Lewis’ heavy directorial hand, but also shamelessly revels in the excesses that he brings to every aspect of the film. Herbert H. Heebert is a shy young man who has sworn off the opposite sex, but becomes the centre of attention when he unwittingly accepts a live in handyman position in an all female boarding house. Set in “The Dollhouse”, one of the most ingeniously designed and cleverly shot film sets, The Ladies Man, is an artistic and technical triumph. Inspiring the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin in Tout va Bien (1972), and Wes Anderson in his much heralded cutaway submarine in The Life Aquatic (2004), Lewis somehow remains under appreciated as a filmmaker (Klaus Ming March 2015).