Three on a Couch

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Three on a Couch
Directed by Jerry Lewis
Produced by Jerry Lewis
Written byBob Ross
Samuel A. Taylor
Story byArne Sultan
Marvin Worth
Starring Jerry Lewis
Janet Leigh
James Best
Mary Ann Mobley
Kathleen Freeman
Music byLouis Brown
CinematographyW. Wallace Kelley
Edited byRussel Wiles
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 7, 1966 (1966-07-07)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,875,000 (est. US/ Canada rentals) [1]
464,995 admissions (France) [2]

Three on a Couch is a 1966 American comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. Filmed from September 13-December 1, 1965, it was released on July 7, 1966 by Columbia Pictures. Co-starring are Janet Leigh, Leslie Parrish, Mary Ann Mobley, James Best and Kathleen Freeman.



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.


James Best Dr. Benjamin Mizer
Janet Leigh Dr. Elizabeth Acord
Jerry Lewis Christopher Pride
Leslie Parrish Mary Lou Mauve
Mary Ann Mobley Susan Manning
Gila Golan Anna Jacque
Kathleen Freeman Murphy
Buddy Lester The Drunk
Fritz Feld The Attache


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 . [3]

Comedians Buddy Lester and Fritz Feld have cameos. Janet Leigh previously co-starred with Lewis and Dean Martin in Living It Up (1954).

Home media

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, 2018. [4]

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  1. "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
  2. Box office information for film in France at Box Office Story
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2013-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Jerry Lewis Triple Feature: Jerry Lewis, Janet Leigh, Terry-Thomas, Peter Lawford, Anne Francis, Mary Ann Mobley, Various: Movies & TV". Retrieved 2018-02-16.