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Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958)

Jerry Lewis , Marilyn Maxwell , Frank Tashlin  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Salvatore Baccaloni, Connie Stevens
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Writers: Frank Tashlin, Preston Sturges
  • Producers: Jerry Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006A8XGXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a loose remake of Preston Sturges' classic The Miracle of Morgan Creek, Goofy TV Repairman, Clayton Poole (Jerry Lewis) becomes an unexpected father of three infant girls. The girls are the children of his childhood sweetheart, now a famous actress, Carla Naples (Marilyn Maxwell). She must temporarily give up the children to protect her career and star in a major Hollywood production. It's triple the hijinks, triple the fun and triple the laughs! Whether it's changing the diapers, warming the bottles or singing off-key lullabies, this in-over-his-head nanny will have you laughing 'til it hurts. The song "Dormi-Dormi-Dormi" performed by Jerry and Salvatore Baccalone, as a duet is one of the most beautiful and touching pieces of music any film has ever produced. Both Connie Stevens and Jerry's son Gary (of Gary Lewis and the Playboys fame) made their feature film debuts. This was the third (of eight) collaboration between Jerry and director Frank Tashlin (The Geisha Boy).

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Early Solo Classic from Jerry Lewis March 6, 2004
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Long before "Mr. Mom" or "Kramer vs. Kramer", Jerry Lewis made a great argument for fathers to have as much say in the raising and nurturing of their children as mothers. This delightful comedy (with just enough drama added in for good measure) is about a man who goes beyond expectation to care for three baby girls who are left at his doorstep.
Moreover, this is not merely a comedy, but a musical, with songs that deserve the right to be as well remembered as any from "The Wizard of Oz" or "The Sound of Music".
This, among other Jerry Lewis classics, should be issued on DVD, but until they are VHS still looks pretty good.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Those who have eagerly awaited some of Jerry Lewis' post-Dean Martin classics being released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time will have a special Valentine courtesy of Olive Films as 1958's "The Geisha Boy," 1958's "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and 1965's "Boeing Boeing" get a 2/14/12 release. It's hard to imagine that these films have not been made available on DVD prior to now! Of course, Lewis still remains a love it or loathe it proposition for many modern era film goers--but there is no denying his legacy and impact on the contemporary comedy scene. Oftentimes content to play the fool, Lewis displayed an innocent appeal on-screen that engaged a sense of silliness in us all. But he had genuine heart too, and his good-natured screen persona created some indelibly beloved characters that stand in contrast to his more complicated personal life. These films are an interesting cross section of Lewis' film catalogue as we see him doing what he does best but bringing additional elements of seriousness to the table. Made of a certain time and place, these films offer great nostalgia value for those that love Lewis--but also an opportunity for new viewers to discover Lewis in his prime.

"Rock-a-Bye Baby" provides Lewis with some of his more inspired and insane comedy bits. Were it content to be just slapstick silliness, it might be one of my favorites but (like The Geisha Boy) the film is also filled with its share of smaltzy sentimentalism. These lightweight concoctions want to tug on your heartstrings, but (in my opinion) rarely develop anything quite real enough in characters or plotting to really engage my emotions.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for DVD, waited years for VHS September 30, 2004
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This is one of my favorites. I had seen it many years ago as a kid, and it made quite an impression. For several years I kept track of it on the internet to see when it would be available on VHS, and now I am doing the same thing regarding DVD. Not only is Jerry Lewis hilarious as a "mother in training", but I enjoyed Connie Stevens as a "sweet girl next door" who knows what or rather who she wants.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ohhhh!, Baby! April 29, 2003
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It's tough to choose which Jerry Lewis movies is my favorite, but I have to start with this one. It's sweet, darlin' and romantic all rolled up into one. It's about Clayton Poole (Jerry Lewis) a bumbling TV repairman, who by surprise becomes an adopted father to triplet baby girls. Clayton's former girlfriend turned movie star, Carla Naples (Marilyn Maxwell) springs the surprise when she leaves them on his doorstep. Noble Clayton tries to keep everything a secret but all mayhem cuts loose. And Clayton's other love interest Sandy Naples (Connie Stevens) helps Clayton out of his dilemma and from the suspicions of their father Gigi (Salvatore Baccaloni). I'll leave the ending for you to see. If you love the wacky antics of Jerry Lewis and romantic comedy by all means go for it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and I'm not even a big Jerry Lewis fan! January 21, 2004
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This is one of my all-time favorite movies and I'm not even a big Jerry Lewis fan. My children and I laugh until we're crying every time we watch this movie.
From the other reviews you know it's about a guy trying to take care of baby triplets on his own. It's an EXCELLENT family movie with a sweet story as Clayton Poole (Jerry Lewis) does everything in his power to take care of these little girls. Sure, it's hilarious but it also has a strong family theme as the Clayton, the babies' aunt and grandfather do whatever they can to do what's best for the babies. Even the mother realizes in the end that the babies are what's most important.
There is definitely something for everyone in this movie.
Why, oh why don't they put it on DVD???
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock-A-Bye Baby September 25, 2000
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I have always loved Jerry Lewis! I loved him as a kid and now my children do too! This movie has always been my favorite of Jerry's and I have waited for it to be released forever it seems! I have been serching the net for quite a while... Finally! My second favorite of Jerry's is, Ladies Man. It was years before I figured out the name of that one! I never forgot Rock-A-Bye Baby, and you won't either!!! Jerry Lewis is the greatest comedian of all times! You gotta see this one again and again!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock-a-bye Baby July 20, 2000
By Cindy
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This has always been an all time favorite of mine. This is Jerry Lewis at his finest. He's in love with the hometown movie star and is given a chance to help her out of a jam. It seems that there are three babies with no father. Things get real exciting when the three are lefted on Jerry's doorstep and the town is wondering who lefted them. Connie Steven's has plans of her own which involves marriage. She's the movie stars little sister, and she has loved Jerry forever. Now, the Papa to the two girls can't stand Jerry and the temper is thrown many times. The movie is hilarious, and a must to see.
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