Jerry Lewis has died. When I was a little kid, he was very popular. When I got old enough to go to movies, he was laughed at, but not in a good way. I saw many of his movies with Dean Martin on television. I thought their comedy was undisciplined. I preferred Chaplin and Keaton.
Then I saw The Nutty Professor on television. I love it. There was a shot where Professor Kelp was lying on the floor and the camera pulled back and I could see his white socks. It broke my heart.
After that, I knew that Jerry Lewis was a great director. I found The Total Film-Maker at the Main Library. Video assist sounded like a wonderful idea, especially for a person who directed himself. He talk film courses at USC. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas studied with him.
I tried to watch the telethon a couple of times. I couldn't stand it.
The last new thing I saw him in was an episode of Law and Order.