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Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)

Nike Arrighi , John Barrard  |  G |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nike Arrighi, John Barrard, Michael Bates, Pippa Benedict, John Bluthal
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEKK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River" on IMDb

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It’s one of Jerry Lewis’s zaniest films, filled with the hilarious antics for which he’s famous! Jerry (Boeing, Boeing) plays George Lester, an American in London, whose grandiose schemes constantly get him into trouble. His first outrageous plan turns his wife’s ancestral palace into a Chinese disco, an idea she hardly appreciates. Forced to raise money to restore the mansion, George unveils an even crazier scheme with the help of his friend, William Homer (Terry-Thomas, I’m All Right Jack), to sell stolen plans for an electronic oil drill. George smuggles the plans into Lisbon where he is supposed to make the big deal, but then learns the plans are phony! He promises his wife he'll finally settle down, but wait – he has just one more idea!

The opening sequence of Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River has a bowler-hatted Jerry Lewis mischievously striding (in his oddly graceful, loose-hipped way) along the streets of London. The spontaneous business he creates is, alas, the last bit of freshness in the movie, which quickly reverts to a painfully labored plot. Jerry is in Swinging London (wrap your mind around that), an entrepreneur who spends the entire film trying to make up to his estranged British wife for turning her family estate into a Chinese restaurant-discotheque. The story also involves Arab oil barons, Portuguese automobiles, and a philandering dentist. Lewis didn't direct himself in this one, which accounts for the off pacing and total lack of good visual gags. It was 1968, and his rapid decline from creative excellence (see The Ladies Man and The Nutty Professor) and box-office potency was already into its skid. --Robert Horton

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jerry Lewis the great in a mature responsible (?) role or is it? Don't know what it is but this movie pulled it off very charmingly to become a classic hidden gem in comedy movies.
It was a pleasure to watch English actor Terry-Thomas, Patricia Routledge,(Keeping Up Appearances), one actor from Fawlty Towers and mature responsible (?) Jerry Lewis- always cooking up his next gig..
Hilarious comedy recommended for late night viewing so you don't miss out very intricate plot..:)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I give this movie a B- October 27, 2012
I know some people will disagree with my opinion that Raise The Bridge, Lower The River is not a terrible film. Yes, it's far from the best of Lewis's films, but I actually liked it overall. It's not a very funny movie, but it manages to be charming at times, and if you are a Lewis fan, as I am, you will probably enjoy it. I give it a B-
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Low point for Jerry.... July 8, 2003
By A Customer
Don't Raise the one of the worst Jerry Lewis movies. It's 'plot' is plotless and the situation style comedy doesn't work for Jerry here.
Being released in 1968, this film appears to be Jerrys attempt to be more contemporary and click with theatre goers changing tastes in the late 60s. He was not really involved with the production as he was with the majority of his films. He has stated himself that he did this film for verteran TV director/actor Jerry Paris because it was financially appealing. The results are very uninspired.
This is not to say that Jerry can't be contemporary and he is a joy in a film like Three on a Couch, however this one is as much of a misfire as Way Way Out, Hook Line and Sinker, and Which Way to the Front?.....Hey, they can't ALL be good.
Hopefully Columbia will release the rest of his output and its kind of a shame that they chose this rather weak title as their first DVD release. The Big Mouth is a much funnier and better paced film and is easily the best film he made after 1965. Hopefully they aren't going to gague sales of this title as a determining factor for future releases as this one is IMO strictly for Jerry Lewis completists.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A jolly bad show November 18, 2005
By yaremar
With all the good Jerry Lewis comedies awaiting DVD release (and, yes, there are good ones), who greenlighted this loser? Hey, Columbia, why did you ignore the very funny THE BIG MOUTH and release this turkey instead? I don't get it (and in terms of a DVD purchase, I didn't). Even Jerry disowns this staggeringly unfunny farce about a wacky American loose in England, whose get-rich-quick schemes get him involved with a host of unsavory characters. No matter what side of the Atlantic you're on, this is a jolly bad show. I love Jerry, but this is the pits.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of Jerry's Worst September 2, 2008
Jerry Lewis traveled to England for this lame 1968 farce, which cannot be salvaged by the presence of Terry-Thomas. Some viewers may appreciate a restrained Jerry, but the results are deadly dull. Even the King of Crazy admitted he did this one solely for the money. Produced by Walter Shenson in a sad comedown from the glory days of "A Hard Day's Night" and "The Mouse That Roared."
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Very Disappointing Jerry Lewis Film May 29, 2005
By M. Hart
In 1967, Jerry Lewis starred in what arguably may be his worst film ever: a little gem entitled "Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River". Directed by Jerry Paris (1925-1986) and based upon a novel of the same name by author Max Wilk, the film begins in London where Jerry Lewis plays an American entrepreneur named George Lester. He marries Pamela (Jacqueline Pearce) and whisks her away to various exotic locations for several years while trying to build a business of his own with the supposed financial assistance from a crooked British businessman named H. William Homer (Terry-Thomas, 1911-1990). Tired of living away from London, Pamela leaves George, who also returns to London. Without money and wanting to give Pamela a more permanent home, George comes up with an unusual business idea: he turns Pamela's inherited home into a Chinese restaurant/discothèque. Seeing what he's done to her house, Pamela threatens to have George thrown in jail and moves into a hotel. She then begins to have an affair with a wealthy British oilman named Dudley Heath (Nicholas Parsons), who has the plans for a revolutionary new oil drill. Thrown into this unusual story is a male flight attendant/auto-mechanic named Fred Davies (Bernard Cribbins) whom George had talked into selling Portuguese-made sports cars that nobody wants. Also thrown into the story is the leader of a British girl scouts troop named Lucille Beatty (Patricia Routledge, who may be best known for her title role as Hyacinth Bucket in the British TV sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances" that ran between 1990-1995).

Aside from a few funny scenes, such as Fred serving people on board the cheap airlines that he works for and scenes involving Lucille, the film staggers along and fails to sufficiently engage the audience or be truly funny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie September 13, 2013
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This one seemed a bit different for Jerry but was still a good movie. Worth getting and adding to the Lewis collection on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what can i say. September 1, 2013
By ted
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I know I'm showing my age, when I say I've been a fan since Martin & Lewis days.

this is one of Jerry's works, and he still had it, as far as I'm concerned.

if you want a laugh, give this one a view.

ted turner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars not one of Jerry Lewis' best comedies but at least fans get to see...
Again, not one of Jerry Lewis' best comedies but at least fans get to see their hero in London back when being in London was fab. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ronald Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars Great opening credits sequence and then it's down hill from there
I love the title sequence over the song "Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River" with an impish Jerry walking his way thru London (if you look closely you can see people who are... Read more
Published 14 months ago by DLT
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE JERRY LEWIS
Published 20 months ago by Maribel Gonsalves
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lewis movie on DVD
Gotta be a Jerry Lewis fan - and if so you'll enjoy this one alot! Pretty much Jerry being Jerry in classic Jerry style!
Published 20 months ago by Donald Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars love it :)
I got is movie love jerry lewis ,but I had not seen it before it was another excelent moive :)
Published 22 months ago by jeanne rogers
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely terrible-
This movie is beyond bad. It's just plain long-stupid- and not funny. It takes a BIG ego to make a movie this awful and star in it. Read more
Published on March 29, 2012 by C. J. Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars A Jerry Lewis movie that does have its moments.
As a big fan of Jerry Lewis,this was not one of his best efforts. Sure there were some funny moments in DRTB,LTR especially at the opening and with Terry Thomas planning the... Read more
Published on August 25, 2007 by PATRICK J.POWERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Jerry Lewis movie
I absolutely loved this movie.If you enjoy Jerry Lewis antics at their best then you'll love this movie. Read more
Published on June 21, 2006 by lmc
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