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He led a tireless life of laughs, slapstick antics, and good deeds before his recent death.

The Museum of the Moving Image will present Jerry Lewis Tribute: Two Masterpieces by the Total Filmmaker this weekend. As such, “The Ladies Man” will show on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m., while “The Nutty Professor” will screen on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m.

A comedy released in 1961, “The Ladies Man” stars Lewis as a young man who swears off romance after a rough break up. Hilarity ensues after he gets a job at a women-only boarding house where a few bombshells live and work. Lewis also directed the film, which was set in a mansion that looked like a four-story doll house. (He used architectural structure to replace narrative structure.)

The Nutty Professor” is a 1963 feature about a nerdy professor played by Lewis who drinks a magic potion that turns him into a handsome lounge singer known as “Buddy Love.” All is good at first as women find him irresistible, but then he slides into a life of arrogant self-absorption. Lewis also directed this critically acclaimed masterpiece, which offers a variation on the Jekyll-and-Hyde theme.

(Eddie Murphy starred in a 2008 remake with the same name, and Rainmaker Entertainment produced a computer-animated sequel, “The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear,” in 2008.)

Lewis died on Aug. 20, 2017, at age 91. The New Jersey native made it big as the goofy sidekick to the straight Dean Martin in a comedy routine that hit nightclubs, television, concert halls, and the big screen from 1946 to 1956. He went on to act, direct, write, sing, perform live, and get involved in business ventures. The funnyman is also known for his tireless efforts to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. From 1966 until 2011, he hosted a Labor Day Weekend telethon that raised a sum total of about $2.5 billion for the nonprofit.

Tickets are $15 for each movie. The museum is located in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Black-and-white photos: Jerry Lewis Facebook; color photos: Museum of the Moving Image


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