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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: #151,535 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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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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It's one of Jerry Lewis' zaniest films, filled with the hilarious antics for which he's famous! Jerry 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 schemewith the help of his friend, Willy Homer (Terry-Thomas) to sell the Arabs' 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 manages to escape the wrath of the Arabs and promises his wife he'll finally settle down. But wait, he has just one more idea.

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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 passing him kind of turn and wonder, 'Is that who I think it is?'), but overall this late 60's Jerry Paris directed comedy is pretty bland. Even with Patricia (Keeping Up Appearances) Routledge and Terry-Thomas in the cast the film delivers few laughs. This was one of those films which Lewis did post 1964 to mature his screen image--and while an effort like BOEING-BOEING (imo)worked, this film just doesn't deliver. Lewis once wrote that it was his "financial pleasure" to make this film--well, I'm glad somebody got some pleasure out of it.
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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 4 days ago by Ronald Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE JERRY LEWIS
Published 17 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 17 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 19 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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