The Ladies Man
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Comedian Jerry Lewis began directing movies in 1960, and this often unkind satire on the nature of American womanhood is one of his early efforts in that regard. The rubber-legged, rubber-faced Lewis plays Herbert, a man who is despondent over the break-up of his romance. While looking for a job, he comes across an impressive mansion (built as a set at the cost of $350,000) filled with women of all types -- and lo and behold -- they need a handyman. So Herbert gets to reside with a bevy of women of various types, all under the supervision of Mrs. Wellenmelon (Helen Traubel). In the end, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A masterwork of demasculinization"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Really funny moments happen with Jerry Lewis in all-girl rooming house."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Creatively goofy thanks to his inspired insanity, Lewis is at his naughty best in this carousing comedy"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"This is one of Jerry's more creative comedies."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Jerry Lewis' The Ladies Man (1961) is yet another work of genius."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Nicely mounted, interestingly done, but typically unfunny Lewis."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"'s hard not to be awed by the technological leaps of this production, and at their best his gags delve in to the realm of the surreal last visited by the Marx Brothers."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"A bizarre, sexually ambiguous, cantankerously skeptical burlesque on the ascent of feminine independence."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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