Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River

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Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
Directed by Jerry Paris
Produced by Walter Shenson
Written by Max Wilk
Starring Jerry Lewis
Jacqueline Pearce
Bernard Cribbins
Patricia Routledge
Music by David Whitaker
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by Bill Lenny
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
12 July 1968
Running time
99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $1,100,000 (US/ Canada)[1]
316,754 admissions (France)[2]

Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River is a 1968 British comedy film produced by Walter Shenson and starring Jerry Lewis. It was released on 12 July 1968 by Columbia Pictures and based on Max Wilk's novel of the same name with the original Connecticut locale moved to Swinging London and Portugal.


George Lester (Jerry Lewis) is an American living in Britain. His passion is get-rich-quick schemes, and they have caused financial and personal grief for him and his wife, Pamela, (Jacqueline Pearce) who is considering divorce if he continues with them.

Willy Homer (Terry-Thomas) is a conman who plans to help George raise some quick cash by selling plans for a drill to a group of Arabs. The plans, which were stolen, are smuggled to Lisbon with help from his accomplice, Fred Davies (Bernard Cribbins). As they are about to trade the plans they realise that they are being double-crossed. A series of chases follow, and eventually the plans are revealed to be worthless to everyone.

Distraught, George finds comfort in his wife and promises to never embark on any more 'get-rich-quick' schemes. That is, until Willy shows up at his door with another one!



It was filmed between 15 May and 30 June 1967 and the director, Jerry Paris, has a cameo as the umpire at a baseball game.

This is Lewis' final film before the MPAA's film-rating system went in effect.

Home media

The film has been released twice on DVD. First on 8 July 2003 and again in a Jerry Lewis Triple Feature collection with Three on a Couch, and Hook, Line & Sinker on 16 January 2018.[3]


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
  2. ^ Jerry Lewis films French box office information at Box Office Story
  3. ^

External links

  • Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River on IMDb
  • Review of Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the Water at
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