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The Disorderly Orderly

Released 1964
Distributor Paramount

As Ethan de Seife notes in his essential, just-published study of writer-director-cartoonist Frank Tashlin, (“Tashlinesque”, Wesleyan University Press), this final collaboration between Tashlin and Jerry Lewis accentuates the tension between their divergent comedy styles, one of “the most vexing cases in the Tashlin/Lewis authorship question.” Wacky cartoon gags alternate with rampant sentimentality in a film that anticipates Lewis’s upcoming directorial canon. If you’re curious about the semiotic fun phrase “diegetic rupture”, de Seife’s long-awaited examination of Tashlin’s well hidden career is for you.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.