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Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River

3.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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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!

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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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  • 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: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MEKK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,423 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By ted on September 1, 2013
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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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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. Now considered a hard-to-get classic, fans will have little to no problem getting this film from one of the friendly Amazon vendors. Hurry, though, because the French Lewis fans might beat you to the punch!
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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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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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A great comedy about what women want, or need. And how hard a man tries to give so much more, yet never realizing what is most important in a relationship. Men and women differ so greatly. Adult Satire in rich comedy. So true to life.
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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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By A Customer on July 8, 2003
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Don't Raise the Bridge....is 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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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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