The Sad Sack
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|The Sad Sack|
Original film poster
|Directed by||George Marshall|
|Produced by||Hal B. Wallis|
|Written by||George Baker|
|Music by||Walter Scharf|
|Edited by||Archie Marshek|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$3.5 million (US rentals)|
1,878,519 admissions (France)
Private Meredith Bixby (Lewis) simply cannot fall in line with army procedure, even though he has had 17 months of training. A psychologist (Phyllis Kirk), is assigned to turn him into a good soldier, so she enlists two fellow servicemen to help Bixby with his training. About the only thing that he can do right is remember things with his photographic memory.
Eventually they are assigned to a base in Morocco. One night they all head off to a bar where Bixby gets drunk on "Moroccan Delights", which he thinks are malteds. He gets involved with a femme fatale (Liliane Montevecchi) and is kidnapped by some Arabian renegades.
Abdul (Peter Lorre) guards Bixby and makes him assemble a stolen cannon, knowing that Bixby had already memorized the assembly instructions back at the base. Bixby is eventually rescued by his fellow soldiers and they are all presented with medals of honor. Unfortunately, when Bixby mishandles a rifle that suddenly goes off, he damages the drinking glasses of the General and two visiting French officers. The trio (who are drinking a toast) are not hurt, but misfit Bixby gets punished with KP duty, peeling potatoes.
- Jerry Lewis as Pvt. Bixby
- Phyllis Kirk as Maj. Shelton
- Peter Lorre as Abdul
- Liliane Montevecchi as Zita
- David Wayne as Corp. Dolan
- Joe Mantell as Pvt. Wenaslavsky
- Gene Evans as Sgt. Pulley
- Shepperd Strudwick as Maj. Vanderlip
- Mary Treen as Sgt. Hansen
The film is based upon George Baker's comic book character. Hal Wallis purchased the movie rights with the intention of it starring the comedy team Martin and Lewis, but they split up before filming began. The Sad Sack was shot between March 18 and May 31, 1957 and released on November 27. It was re-released in 1962 as a double feature with another Jerry Lewis vehicle, The Delicate Delinquent, they being the first two movies Lewis made without Dean Martin.
- "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
- Jerry Lewis films French box office information at Box Office Story
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