The Patsy
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Toward the end of Jerry Lewis's Paramount studio period, Lewis slapped together this bitter comedy about Hollywood phoniness and fame that has to be the most rancid portrait of the Hollywood star system in the Rat Pack era this side of Clifford Odets. When a famous entertainer suddenly is killed in an airplane crash, his team of flunkies -- producer Caryl Fergusson (Everett Sloane), writer Chic Wymore (Phil Harris), press agent Harry Silver (Keenan Wynn), director Morgan Heywood (Peter Lorre in his final film role), valet Bruce Alden (John Carradine), and secretary Ellen Betz (Ina Balin)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Who is Jerry Lewis, and why is he funny when he's serious and serious when he's funny?"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The Patsy reflects a genuine affection for the artisans and jacks-of-all-trades that make careers like Lewis's possible."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Jerry follows along the comedy lines of Chaplin, but with far less good results."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Frantic and over-produced, with the ungoverned star at his spastic worst."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Jerry Lewis romp has its rib tickles."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Fascinatingly made Lewis film. Too bad it's not very funny."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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