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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Krutnik, Frank, 1956-
Inventing Jerry Lewis.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, c2000
|Named Person:||Jerry Lewis; Jerry Lewis; Jerry Lewis|
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|Notes:||Series statement from jacket.|
|Description:||x, 317 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||America's Sacred Monster: An Introduction --
Embarrassment to the Order: Jerry Lewis and the French --
Comic Bondage of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis --
Photochemistry: Martin and Lewis Onscreen --
One Man Alone: A Star Is Reborn --
Delicate/Delinquent: The Transitional Films --
Man With a Movie Camera: The Total Filmmaker --
Big Night in Hollywood: The Self-Directed Films --
Kid on the Run: The Wandering Years --
Coming Home: The Nutty National Treasure --
|Series Title:||[Smithsonian studies in the history of film and media].|
Examining such early '60s solo works as The Bellboy, The Nutty Professor, and The Patsy, Krutnik explores the ways in which Lewis both dismantled the conventions of film comedy and manipulated the codes of his public identity. Charting the decline of Lewis's film career and his simultaneous rise to fame as the emotional powerhouse of the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, the author also traces Lewis's attempt to create a serious, adult image to replace that of the aging 'kid'"--BOOK JACKET.