Backing up a bit to the Jerry Lewis discussion, I thought it might be worth noting (as this IS Wellesnet
) that OW himself had a soft spot for Jerry Lewis. Here's the discussion he had with Peter Bogdanovich (as quoted in "This Is Orson Welles"):
PB: What do you think of Jerry Lewis?
OW: When he goes too far, he's heaven; it's just when he doesn't go too far that he's unendurable (laughs). Now he wants to be a respected member of the community, and it shows in every move of his body. But, GOD, he can be funny! He did a scene in a movie I saw in Paris about eight years ago where he keeps trying to fix the hat on a gangster's head--
PB: The Ladies' Man.
OW: And I got so sick laughing, it was like my childhood with Fields--I really had a kind of heart attack from laughing. It was one of the funniest things I'd ever seen in my life....
The heart attack part, of course, makes you wince (if not weep!); but otherwise...