Melvin belongs in the cute, adorable and INNOCENT category of Lewis characters. What I remember the most is that I forgot I was watching Jerry Lewis. I was concerned MELVIN JONES couldn’t breathe. I already knew Jerry was a great actor from watching the Delicate Delinquent, but it’s one thing to get lost in a dramatic character. Melvin Jones was SILLY and still I was watching HIM not Jerry.
Now I like to entertain myself by saying “Jerry, how many times do I have to tell you to stay away from sailors?” And how is it that Tony didn’t make cameo? I like to think what the movie would be like with Tony standing silently in the background or helping Melvin tie a knot. I often wonder if Jerry went to Tony for help preparing for the role and they spent hours making sailors knots.