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Cinderfella
Aschenblödel

USA 1960
produced by
Jerry Lewis for Jerry Lewis Productions, Paramount
directed by Frank Tashlin
starring Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Judith Anderson, Henry Silva, Robert Hutton, Count Basie, Joe Williams, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Nola Thorp
written by Frank Tashlin, music by Walter Scharf

Cinderella

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Fella (Jerry Lewis) is despised and mistreated by his stepmother (Judith Anderson) and his stepbrothers (Henry Silva, Robert Hutton), yet they keep him under their roof - if only as a servant - because they want to get to his deceased father's money that is hidden somewhere on the premises through him ... but however hard they try, they just can't cheat him into telling them where the money is hidden - if he even knows.

Eventually, Princess Charming (Anna Maria Alberghetti) visits town and stepmother is hellbent on having one of her sons marry the girl, so much so that she even throws a big party in the Princess' honour ... but of course, Fella has a Fairy Godfather (Ed Wynn) of his own who once even helped the original Cinderella (Nola Thorp), and the good Godfather sees to it that Fella is the star of the evening whom Princess Charming falls in love with.

Stepmother and her sons are deeply humiliated by this, and even more so when Fella suddenly offers them the money of his father out of his own free will - which stepmom declines summoning up all the dignity she's got ...

And of course, in the end, Fella gets the girl - Princess Charming, naturally.

 

This film contains all the negative aspects of your typical Jerry Lewis-comedy: Very childish humour, way too extended mediocre slapstick routines, a story too cheesy for its own good and Jerry hamming it up in the tearjerking department. Yet the film is no total failure and probably one of Jerry Lewis' better films: Frank Tashlin's cartoon-like direction (before he switched to live-action he directed cartoons for well more than a decade, most prominently for Warner Brothers) fits Lewis' style of comedy very well, the story keeps moving at a steady pace despite being interrupted by one slapstick routine after the other, and competent art direction gives the film a certain style. Still, if you don't like Jerry Lewis you will probably not like this film either.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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