The Ladies Man

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This article is about the 1961 Jerry Lewis film. For the 2000 film starring Tim Meadows as Leon Phelps, see The Ladies Man (2000 film).
The Ladies Man
Directed by Jerry Lewis
Produced by Jerry Lewis
Written by Jerry Lewis
Bill Richmond
Starring Jerry Lewis
Lillian Briggs
Helen Traubel
Kathleen Freeman
Buddy Lester
George Raft
Music by Walter Scharf
Cinematography W. Wallace Kelley
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • June 28, 1961 (1961-06-28)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.1 million[1]
Box office 926,423 admissions (France)[2]

The Ladies Man is a 1961 American comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. It was released on June 28, 1961 by Paramount.[3]


Herbert H. Heebert (Jerry Lewis) is a young man who loses his girlfriend, swears off romance, and then takes a job at a genteel, women-only boarding house, run by Helen Wellenmellen (Helen Traubel). Although most of the women treat him like a servant, Fay (Pat Stanley) helps him with his fear of women.

Production notes[edit]

The main set is a four story doll house-like interior of a mansion turned boarding house with a central courtyard allowing crane shots spanning floors.[4] At $350,000, it was the most expensive set for a family comedy to date.[5]

Lillian Briggs, the blonde bombshell "Queen of Rock & Roll," made her Hollywood acting debut in this film. Ann McCrea was cast as "Miss Sexy Pot".


The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

Home release[edit]

The film was released on DVD on October 14, 2004.


  1. ^ COMIC CONSTRUCTS EDIFICE FOR FILM: JERRY LEWIS CONCOCTS A 40-ROOM BUILDING FOR 'THE LADIES' MAN' By GLADWIN HILL,Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 02 Dec 1960: 33.
  2. ^ Box office information for film at Box office story
  3. ^ Howard Thompson (July 13, 1961). "'Ladies' Man' Heads New Double Bill". The New York Times. 
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  5. ^ Thompson, Howard. The New York Times  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-30. 

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