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The Geisha Boy

Released 1958
Distributor Paramount Pictures

Thanks to some fancy cinematic footwork, Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis stay entirely within the confines of Hollywood for this 1958 farce set in Japan. Jerry is a down and out magician who takes a forlorn orphan boy under his wing (or is it vice versa) leading to the usual mishegoss of tomfoolery and schmaltz. A terrific score from Walter Scharf.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.