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Trivia / Hardly Working

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  • Acting for Two: Most of the cast play other one-off or recurring characters as well. Streeter and his "Phantom of the Office" character occasionally appear at the same time.

Trivia for the Jerry Lewis film:

  • Acting for Two: Jerry Lewis acts opposite himself in drag.
  • Career Resurrection: This was Jerry Lewis' first theatrically released film in over a decade.
  • Creator Backlash: Jerry Lewis said of this film:
    The whole experience was a mixed bag...I have to admit that the awful strain of the past ten years showed in every part of my work...The movie didn't really hang together, and not so surprisingly, I looked terrible in it.
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  • Executive Meddling: For its American release in the USA, this picture was cut by about twenty minutes from its European print.
  • Not Screened for Critics: When the movie was first shown in Miami, Florida, critics were not invited to the premiere, as Fox was afraid the word would get out how bad the film was, before the general release. To quote Roger Ebert:
    In "Variety" I'd read that the critics were barred from the Miami premiere of the film because, and I paraphrase, Jerry Lewis makes films for the masses and critics are unequipped to understand his appeal. Horse manure.
  • The Shelf of Movie Languishment: The film was completed in 1979, and didn't see an American release until 1981. It was released in Europe in 1980.
  • Troubled Production: Work on the film was suspended for about six months in 1980 after the production ran out of money, with Jerry Lewis himself declaring personal bankruptcy. Because of this, there are many notable continuity issues throughout the film.

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