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This was Jerry Lewis' answer to the classic Cinderella story. When his father dies, poor Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother and her two no-good sons, Maximilian and Rupert. As he slaves away for his nasty step-family, Maximilian and Rupert attempt to find a treasure Fella's father has supposedly hidden on the estate. Meanwhile, hoping to restore her dwindling fortunes, the stepmother plans a fancy ball in honor of the visiting Princess Charmein whom she hopes will marry Rupert. Eventually, Fella's Fairy Godfather shows up to convince him that he has a shot at winning the Princess himself.

  1. Frank Tashlin

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Jerry Lewis

    Jerry Lewis


  2. Ed Wynn

    Ed Wynn

    Fairy Godfather

  3. Judith Anderson

    Judith Anderson

    Wicked Stepmother

  4. Henry Silva

    Henry Silva


  5. Robert Hutton

    Robert Hutton


  6. Count Basie

    Count Basie


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 31m

Budget $3,000,000.00

Revenue $7,100,000.00

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Release Information

  • December 18, 1960



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

Jerry Lewis, John Carpenter and The Three Stooges are but three American icons that seem to be underappreciated in their native land. When I was growing up, I would watch his annual telethons to raise money to fight Muscular Dystrophy, loving the times he was on-screen and going to the washroom, going for food or taking catnaps when the program cut to crappy local station coverage during the times he needed some rest and respite from his hectic hosting duties. I watched many of his films, back in the day (though it's hard, three-to-four decades later, figuring out which ones I saw), and loved h... read the rest.

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