Jerry Lewis’s frantic, jerk-around comedy style here got its most suitable director, who saw him simply as a cartoon with no connection to real life.
That’s because Frank Tashlin used to be a cartoonist himself, so the sight gags are often hilarious.
The comedy works less well when third-rate magician Lewis joins an army tour of Japan and gets lumbered with a kid.
Yet even when the twee flies thick and fast, there’s some fun to be had – and Suzanne Pleshette and Marie McDonald are very easy on the eye.
Robert Kazuyoshi Hirano