The Sad Sack

The Sad Sack

name = The Sad Sack

director = George Marshall
writer = George Baker
Edmund Beloin
Nate Monaster
starring = Jerry Lewis
David Wayne
Phyllis Kirk
Peter Lorre
producer = Hal B. Wallis
distributor = Paramount Pictures
released = November 27, 1957
runtime = 95 minutes
language = English| imdb_id = 0050922

"The Sad Sack" was a 1957 Paramount Pictures film starring Jerry Lewis and Peter Lorre.


Lewis plays Private Meredith Bixby, who cannot fall in line with army procedure, even though he has had 17 months of training. A psychologist (Phyllis Kirk), is assigned to make him into a good soldier, and she enlists two fellow servicemen to help Bixby with his training. About the only thing that he can do right is remember things with his photographic memory.

Eventually they are assigned to a base in Morocco. One night they all head off to a bar and Bixby gets drunk on "Moroccan Delights", which he thinks are malteds. He gets involved with a femme fatale (Liliane Montevecchi) and is kidnapped by some Arabian renegades. Adbul (Peter Lorre) guards Bixby and makes him assemble a stolen cannon, which Bixby had already memorized the instructions to back at the base. Eventually Bixby is rescued by his fellow soldiers and they are all presented with medals of honor.


The film is based upon George Baker's comic book character. Hal Wallis purchased the movie rights with the intention of it starring the comedy team Martin and Lewis, but they split up before filming began. The movie was shot between March 18 and May 31, 1957 and released on November 27. The film was re-released in 1962 on a double bill with another Jerry Lewis film, "The Delicate Delinquent".

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