|Three on a Couch|
|Directed by||Jerry Lewis|
|Screenplay by||Bob Ross|
Samuel A. Taylor
|Story by|| Arne Sultan |
|Produced by||Jerry Lewis|
Mary Ann Mobley
|Cinematography||W. Wallace Kelley|
|Edited by||Russel Wiles|
|Music by||Louis Brown|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$2,875,000 (est. US/ Canada rentals) |
464,995 admissions (France)
Three on a Couch is a 1966 American comedy film directed by Jerry Lewis and starring Jerry Lewis and Janet Leigh.
Christopher Pride wants to marry his girlfriend, Dr. Elizabeth Acord. However, she is too involved with her patients and she doesn't think that she would be able to leave them to live in Paris for a year. Pride decides to solve her patients' problems after finding out that most of them are merely despondent after having relationships go bad. Therefore, he decides to "date" these women, without Acord's knowledge, and give them back their self-esteem so that they will be less dependent on their doctor.
Pride adopts a separate persona for each woman, targeted to be their ideal partner. Ringo Raintree the millionaire cowboy woos a Anna Jacque, a French patient. For southern belle Mary Lou Mauve he becomes Rutherford the zoologist (and Ruther's twin sister, Heather) and for passionate athlete Susan he becomes Warren, also an athlete.
The film comes to a climax when all the women, including the psychiatrist, assemble at a party with Pride present. He quickly switches from one character to the next depending on which woman is present.
This was the first film that Lewis made for Columbia after ending a 17-year long association with Paramount Pictures. This is also the first film that Lewis directed in which he did not receive a screenwriting credit. Three on a Couch was listed in the 1978 book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time .It was filmed from September 13 - December 1, 1965, it was released on July 7, 1966.
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Three on a Couch was released on DVD in a Jerry Lewis Triple Feature collection with Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River , and Hook, Line & Sinker on January 16, 2018and own its own on December 8, 2019.
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