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Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)

Jerry Lewis , Gary Lewis , Frank Tashlin    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Gary Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Connie Stevens, Salvatore Baccaloni
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Producers: Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 99.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031C8RGI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,845 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Carla Naples ran away from her small town life, her small town family, and a small town boy with a crush on her to become a big star. But while on a shoot in Mexico she got secretly married and turns up pregnant with no proof of marriage her agent suggests a little bit of help keeping her babies and keeping them secret, he suggests family but Carla knows there's only one person who'll do anything for her and that's small town crush Clayton Pool. Carla's little sister has had a crush on Clayton as long as Clayton has had a crush on Carla. Clayton agrees to find the baby on his doorstep and keep it for Carla until.... Carla fails to tell him it's not one baby, but three..and the laughs go on from there. ...Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 11 April 2009
By faye
i watched this film when i was little i loved it then and love it now fantastic very cleaver funny man now i an see where lee evans gets it from !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock-a-Bye Baby 2 Oct 2012
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Rock-a-Bye Baby is a must have in anyone's collection. Its funny, and sentimental in parts.It really is a lovely film to watch, although my wife is not usually a jerry Lewis fan - she really did enjoy the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shhhhhh babies sleeping 26 May 2014
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I absolutely love this movie, it has everything for everyone. Jerry plays a great character and is marvelous with the babies, the roles of the supporting cast Connie Stevens, Hans Conried are well chosen. One of the musical numbers (Dormi Dormi Dormi) in the movie is partly sung in italian by Reginald Gardiner Baccoloni and Jerry (what a great singers ) gave rendition of a lovely song. Other musical numbers and Jerry's antics are top notch. A great family movie and a must for all Jerry Lewis fans
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take Classic Jerry Lewis, Add Adorable Babies, Mix With Music And Enjoy A Family Friendly Crowd Pleaser 21 Dec 2011
By K. Harris - Published on
Those who have eagerly awaited some of Jerry Lewis' post-Dean Martin classics being released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time will have a special Valentine courtesy of Olive Films as 1958's "The Geisha Boy," 1958's "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and 1965's "Boeing Boeing" get a 2/14/12 release. It's hard to imagine that these films have not been made available on DVD prior to now! Of course, Lewis still remains a love it or loathe it proposition for many modern era film goers--but there is no denying his legacy and impact on the contemporary comedy scene. Oftentimes content to play the fool, Lewis displayed an innocent appeal on-screen that engaged a sense of silliness in us all. But he had genuine heart too, and his good-natured screen persona created some indelibly beloved characters that stand in contrast to his more complicated personal life. These films are an interesting cross section of Lewis' film catalogue as we see him doing what he does best but bringing additional elements of seriousness to the table. Made of a certain time and place, these films offer great nostalgia value for those that love Lewis--but also an opportunity for new viewers to discover Lewis in his prime.

"Rock-a-Bye Baby" provides Lewis with some of his more inspired and insane comedy bits. Were it content to be just slapstick silliness, it might be one of my favorites but (like The Geisha Boy) the film is also filled with its share of smaltzy sentimentalism. These lightweight concoctions want to tug on your heartstrings, but (in my opinion) rarely develop anything quite real enough in characters or plotting to really engage my emotions. Taking its original idea from Preston Sturges' classic screwball romp "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" and then stripping away every element of that film's story to make a zany Lewis vehicle--this one is highlighted by Lewis hamming it up with three infants. Lewis plays a small town schlub whose former flame (a solid Marilyn Maxwell) becomes a big movie star. When finding herself in "trouble," she resorts to Lewis as a baby surrogate so that the triplets don't end her blossoming career and reputation. Put Lewis together with the babies and you've got comic mayhem.

Some of the wackier bits involve Jerry overacting a storm inside a broken television, a rock and roll contest of lunatic proportions, and (of course) a perpetually sleepy Lewis trying to attend to the multiple nocturnal needs of the infants. In addition to the unrequited love that Lewis displays for Maxwell, there's a secondary love story featuring her younger sister (an early Connie Stevens). Add in a few irresistible musical interludes, and the film has a little something for everyone. But make no mistake. As always, the primary draw is to see Lewis play the lovable clown. I don't know that in the slapstick shenanigans he breaks much new ground, but he's certainly committed to the lunacy. Suitable for family viewing, I know many people who think this is one of his best. KGHarris, 12/11.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Early Solo Classic from Jerry Lewis 6 Mar 2004
By Mark Ebert - Published on
Long before "Mr. Mom" or "Kramer vs. Kramer", Jerry Lewis made a great argument for fathers to have as much say in the raising and nurturing of their children as mothers. This delightful comedy (with just enough drama added in for good measure) is about a man who goes beyond expectation to care for three baby girls who are left at his doorstep.
Moreover, this is not merely a comedy, but a musical, with songs that deserve the right to be as well remembered as any from "The Wizard of Oz" or "The Sound of Music".
This, among other Jerry Lewis classics, should be issued on DVD, but until they are VHS still looks pretty good.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for DVD, waited years for VHS 1 Oct 2004
By Traveling Bookworm - Published on
This is one of my favorites. I had seen it many years ago as a kid, and it made quite an impression. For several years I kept track of it on the internet to see when it would be available on VHS, and now I am doing the same thing regarding DVD. Not only is Jerry Lewis hilarious as a "mother in training", but I enjoyed Connie Stevens as a "sweet girl next door" who knows what or rather who she wants.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ohhhh!, Baby! 30 April 2003
By shoutgrace - Published on
It's tough to choose which Jerry Lewis movies is my favorite, but I have to start with this one. It's sweet, darlin' and romantic all rolled up into one. It's about Clayton Poole (Jerry Lewis) a bumbling TV repairman, who by surprise becomes an adopted father to triplet baby girls. Clayton's former girlfriend turned movie star, Carla Naples (Marilyn Maxwell) springs the surprise when she leaves them on his doorstep. Noble Clayton tries to keep everything a secret but all mayhem cuts loose. And Clayton's other love interest Sandy Naples (Connie Stevens) helps Clayton out of his dilemma and from the suspicions of their father Gigi (Salvatore Baccaloni). I'll leave the ending for you to see. If you love the wacky antics of Jerry Lewis and romantic comedy by all means go for it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and I'm not even a big Jerry Lewis fan! 21 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on
This is one of my all-time favorite movies and I'm not even a big Jerry Lewis fan. My children and I laugh until we're crying every time we watch this movie.
From the other reviews you know it's about a guy trying to take care of baby triplets on his own. It's an EXCELLENT family movie with a sweet story as Clayton Poole (Jerry Lewis) does everything in his power to take care of these little girls. Sure, it's hilarious but it also has a strong family theme as the Clayton, the babies' aunt and grandfather do whatever they can to do what's best for the babies. Even the mother realizes in the end that the babies are what's most important.
There is definitely something for everyone in this movie.
Why, oh why don't they put it on DVD???
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