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The Ladies' Man1961

The Ladies' Man (1961)




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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 set itself outtrumps them all.

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Jerry Lewis
as Herbert H. Heebert/Mama Heebert, Herbert H. Heebert
Helen Traubel
as Miss Helen N. Wellenmellon
George Raft
as Himself
Harry James
as Himself
Hope Holiday
as Miss Anxious
Roscoe Ates
as Pet Shop Owner
Jack Kruschen
as Graduation Emcee Professor
Alex Gerry
as Mr. Zoussman
Dee Arlen
as Miss Liar
Vicki Benet
as Frenchie
Patricia Blair
as Working Girl
Jacqueline Fontaine
as Working Girl
Marianne Gaba
as Working Girl
Karyn Kupcinet
as Working Girl
Paula Lane
as Working Girl
Mary LaRoche
as Miss Society
Mary LeBow
as French Maid
Ann McCrea
as Miss Sexy Pot
Daria Massey
as Working Girl
Fay Nuell
as Working Girl
Madlyn Rhue
as Miss Intellect
Caroline Richter
as Miss Southern Accent
Sheila Rogers
as Miss Reed
Nancy Root
as Script Girl
Lynn Ross
as Miss Vitality
Joan Staley
as Working Girl
Kay Tapscott
as Working Girl
Patty Thomas
as Working Girl
Gloria Tracey
as Working Girl
Meri Welles
as Working Girl
Beverly Wills
as Miss Hypochondriac
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Critic Reviews for The Ladies' Man

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

In the end, the movie exalts the modest pleasures of everyday people, but, along the way, Lewis reveals the madder music within that they whistle while they work.

March 7, 2016 | Full Review…

A bizarre, sexually ambiguous, cantankerously skeptical burlesque on the ascent of feminine independence.

October 13, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A masterwork of demasculinization

February 14, 2010 | Full Review…

This is one of Jerry's more creative comedies.

June 30, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…'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.

April 28, 2007 | Full Review…

Really funny moments happen with Jerry Lewis in all-girl rooming house.

June 12, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Ladies' Man


When it isn't funny (which happens quite frequently, to be honest), at least it holds out attention, but when it is, the film can make you laugh until you wet your pants (especially in a hilarious scene with Buddy Lester). Too bad it almost gets lost in its uneven last half hour.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


One of the most brillhant, funniest and criative Jerry Lewis' movies. The Ladies Man, without a doubt a true masterpiece. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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