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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,
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.