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 ‘The Great Wooley’ (Lewis) – whose rabbit, Harry Hare, is a lot cleverer than he is – joins an army USO tour of Korea and Japan and meets the beautiful Kimi Sikita (Nobu Atsumi McCarthy) and her cute little nephew, Mitsuo (Robert Kazuyoshi Hirano), who attaches himself to the entertainer in a way that complicates Gilbert’s life.
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
Nobu Atsumi McCarthy