Michael Sauter
March 13, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Geisha Boy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
98 minutes
performer
Jerry Lewis, Suzanne Pleshette, Sessue Hayakawa
director
Frank Tashlin
distributor
Paramount Home Video
author
Frank Tashlin
genre
ActionAdventure, Comedy

We gave it a C-

About the only thing these movies have in common is that they seem to be playing on TV every night at 2 a.m. Nevertheless, they’ve now been reissued together, in Paramount’s ”Great Movies, Great Prices” promotion. Finally, the world can see them intact, without commercial interruption.

But even sans Ginsu spots, The Geisha Boy, starring Jerry Lewis as a bumbling magician on a USO tour of Japan, is still a subpar mishmash of slapstick and sloppy sentiment. Papa’s Delicate Condition, a turn-of-the-century comedy starring Jackie Gleason as a lovable tippler, is still a nostalgic snooze. And The Possession of Joel Delaney, starring Shirley MacLaine as a wealthy divorcee confronting her kid brother’s demons, is still a dated, dreary thriller. Die-hard fans of these three stars may find something worth watching. Everyone else would be better off to wait for those 2 a.m. airings — then switch channels. C-

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