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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
I only watched this because I like Terry Thomas, but I'll have to admit this was one of the worst movies I have ever seen.Published 7 months ago by S. Rust
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 morePublished 14 months ago by Ronald Adams
This one seemed a bit different for Jerry but was still a good movie. Worth getting and adding to the Lewis collection on DVD.Published on September 13, 2013 by Thomas
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. Read more
VERY FUNNY LOVE IT. JERRY LEWIS IS THE BEST. ALWAYS WILL ORDER HIS MOVIES. WOULD LOVE TO SEE ARTIST AND MODELS BUT THEY ONLY HAVE IT ON REGIONAL PAL WHICH I CAN NOT SEE ON MY DVD... Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Maribel Gonsalves