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  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Marie McDonald, Sessue Hayakawa, Suzanne Pleshette, Nobu McCarthy
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Writers: Frank Tashlin
  • Producers: Jerry Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray 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: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006A8XFWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Struggling magician, The Great Wooley (Jerry Lewis) and his lop-eared partner Harry Hare plan to dazzle audiences with magical feats during their USO tour of Japan and Korea. Jerry combines his trademark antics with a compassionate central story: an orphaned Japanese boy is drawn out of his shell by the magician's humor and caring. The film features the Los Angeles Dodgers and Suzanne Pleshette's screen debut as young soldier with a soft spot for Jerry. The Bridge on the River Kwai star, Sessue Hayakawa appears as the boy's grandfather who just happens to be building a miniature version the bridge from the classic film. This was the fourth (of eight) collaboration between Jerry and director Frank Tashlin (Who's Minding the Store).

Customer Reviews

Funny of course and also a good movie for family night.
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Loved this movie since I was a child going to the matinees on Sat. afternoons.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on January 10, 2002
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Owing to Eddie Murphy remake, "The Nutty Professor" comes to our mind first as Jerry Lewis's most representative work, but it also tends to overshadow his other neglected gems, one of which is here, "The Geisha Boy." Despite its now corny title, the film has still a lot to offer for our laugh.
Jerry is this time a second-rate magician, who goes to Japan and war-time Korea, to entertain the soldiers; instead, he falls in love with a Japanese woman Kimi (Nobu McCarthy). He also forms an unlikely relationship with an orphaned boy, who considers Jerry as a new father. As the time of returning to America comes near, he has to decide: stay or leave?
Besides the touching story, in which Jerry shows his tender side, he exhibits lots of his crazy gags as usual, and they are very funny even now. Among many others, my favorite is "the biggest splash in the world" that happens in the Japanese public bath. And Harry the Hare always steals the show -- look how he runs in a hotel -- and Sessue Hayakawa appears as a cameo, to parody his role in a David Lean film (you know what).
As far as I can judge from the film, Jerry's segments are all shot inside America, just like they did in Bogart's "Tokyo Joe" (though we see a big statue of Buddha in Kamakura, Japan, Jerry does not share the screen with it.) The town of Japan is obviously made in a soundstage, but these facts are not important. As a Japanese, I am not a little surprised (pleasantly) to find that the film is friendly to Japan, (remember both nations were at war 13 years before) and inaccurate descriptions of Japan, which are still often found in Hollywood movies, are reduced to the minimal level.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sallie A. Neal on July 7, 2002
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Although Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made a great team, this movie, The Geisha Boy, shows Jerry's true talent solo.
Jerry plays a magician named Mr. Wooley, who plans to entertain troops overseas to make a few bucks. Part of his tricks include a rabbit named Harry. This rabbit plays a big part in the movie (perhaps taking Dean's place?). Struggling, Mr. Wooley thinks that playing for the USO will make him a few bucks and give him, perhaps, the big break he's been waiting for. In this time he meets a beautiful Japanese woman, who has a nephew that laughs at practically the sight of Mr. Wooley, and is forever changed by Mr. Wooley. In this comical love story, also featuring Suzanne Pleshette in her first movie role, Jerry really shows true talent for clean comedy and laughs without a sidekick (if you don't count the rabbit). There are also a few surprise things in the movie that you really have to pay attention to catch, making it even more fun!
I highly recommend anyone who enjoys Jerry to watch this film. It will have you rolling with laughter and magically feeling good!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 20, 2011
Format: DVD
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.

"The Geisha Boy" is a surprisingly big hearted comedy in which Lewis portrays a down-on-his-luck magician. The only paying gig he can secure is with a traveling USO tour. As the picture opens, Lewis and his amazing bunny Harry (who steals every scene that he's in) are headed to the Pacific theater to entertain the troops with a haughty actress (a great Marie McDonald) and a kindly sergeant (Suzanne Pleshette in her film debut). In Japan, Lewis strikes up a friendship with a lonely orphan boy and his aunt.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2000
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One of the better Jerry Lewis movies made after his split with Dean Martin. Jerry appears as an inept magician with a white rabbit named Harry as a constant companion. Together, they travel to Japan to perform as part of a goodwill tour sponsored by the State Department. While there, Jerry befriends a young boy who constantly follows him around. Jerry gets into one hilarious jam after another everywhere he goes in Japan. The 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team (their first year in LA after the move from Brooklyn) makes a cameo appearance in this film. Overall, very entertaining and funny with a couple of touching moments between Jerry and his young friend.
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