Blu-ray, DVD Release: Boeing Boeing

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 14, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films

Boeing Boeing movie scene

Christiane Schmidtmer has a layover with Jerry Lewis (l.) and Tony Curtis in Boeing Boeing.

The 1965 bedroom farce film Boeing Boeing, starring Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor) and Tony Curtis (Insignificance), is actually based on the 1960 French play of the same name by Marc Camoletti. (The play was revived in London’s West End and on Broadway a few years back to much success.)

The comedy movie follows the lives of two American journalists in Paris, Bernard Lawrence (Curtis) and his friend Robert Reed (Lewis). Bernard, the ultimate bachelor, is juggling romances with three stewardesses who just happen to have different schedules and nationalities. Robert, meanwhile, is scheming to take over for his buddy after Bernard’s job relocates him to another country. Lots of zany situations, close calls and bedroom door-slamming inevitably follows.

Directed by John Rich (Roustabout), the film co-stars French starlet Dany Savel, German actress Christiane Schmidtmer and Britain’s Suzanna Leigh as the three gorgeous flight attendants. The ever-wise-cracking Thelma Ritter (Rear Window) adds able support as the boys’ housekeeper.

Oh, and the movie is remastered in high-definition from a 35mm archive print for this DVD and Blu-ray, so the Technicolor is at its sparkling finest!

Also from Olive timed to this release are two other Jerry Lewis films on DVD and Blu-ray that have never been issued on disc in the U.S.: The Geisha Boy and Rock-A-Bye Baby, both produced in 1958 and both directed by Frank Tashlin (Cinderfella).


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