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Director  Jerry Lewis
Music director  Morton Stevens
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Country  United States
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Writer  Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond
Release date  April 13, 1983 (1983-04-13) (France)
Screenplay  Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond
Cast  Jerry Lewis (Warren Nefron / Dr. Perks / Gangster / Speed Armeter), Milton Berle (Ms. Sultry), Sammy Davis, Jr. (Himself), Herb Edelman (Dr. Jonas Pletchick)
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Cracking Up is a comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. Originally titled Smorgasbord, it was filmed in 1981-82 and only received limited distribution in the United States. It was the final film directed by Lewis before his death in 2017.


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The film marked a one-time reunion with Bill Richmond, Lewis' screenwriting collaborator on such films as The Nutty Professor and The Patsy.

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Warren Nefron (Jerry Lewis) is a klutz who cannot do anything right. He tells his psychiatrist, Dr. Pletchick (Herb Edelman), his problems. Through a series of flashbacks the viewer sees Nefron's life story.

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Warren is such a failure that even his many attempts to commit suicide fail. Eventually the psychiatrist uses hypnosis to cure Warren. Although Warren is now cured, the psychiatrist has experienced transference and now has all of Nefron's problems.

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The story ends with Warren and a young woman attending a film called Smorgasbord.


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It includes many cameos, including Sammy Davis Jr., Dick Butkus, and Milton Berle. In December 1982, after filming completed, Lewis underwent triple-bypass heart surgery at the Desert Springs Hospital, Las Vegas NV.


The film was released theatrically in some European countries, notably France (where it was released on April 13, 1983 by Warner Bros.), Belgium and Italy. It was previewed in the U.S. in Wichita, Kansas (Lewis' previous film had done well there) under its original title Smorgasbord but was not subsequently released in the U.S., going directly to cable and on videocassette. In May 1985 it was given a two-day run at New York's Thalia Theater, again under its original title, and then played a smattering of revival houses, art cinemas, and film festivals.

Home media

Warner Archive released the film on made-to-order DVD in the United States on May 18, 2010.


  • Jerry Lewis as Warren
  • Herb Edelman as the Psychiatrist
  • Zane Buzby as the Waitress
  • Milton Berle as the Lady (voiced by Ruta Lee)
  • Foster Brooks as the Pilot
  • Dick Butkus as Anti-Smoking Enforcer
  • Francine York as Marie
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. as Himself
  • Buddy Lester as Passenger
  • References

    Cracking Up (film) Wikipedia
    Cracking Up (film) IMDbCracking Up (film)

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