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-i } J ] L "t 5 1 Pale 12. HERITAGE Fbdda Jewbh New January I I. 1960 Our folk in flEm: Jerry Lewis Does it Again... by Herbert G. Lult (1980, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.) HOLLYWOOD (JTA) -- Jerry Lewis plays a soulful, out,of-work circus clown who tries unsuccessfully to hold a job in the real world, in the picture appropriately titled, "Hardly Working," completed last year at the Gold Coast film studios of southern Florida. Lewis functioned as writer and director in addition to por- traying the central character with Susan Oliver, Harold J. Stone, Deanna Lund, Steve Franken, Buddy Lester, Jerry Lester, Leonard Stone and pint-sized Billy Barry at his side. Following wrap-up of prod- uction, Lewis commenced photography on his next, "That's Life," which he directed, with Molly Picon, Red Buttons, James Darren and Marcia Rodd in the leads, and himself only in a couple of cameos. After six days of shooting at the Florida studios, completion had to be postponed indefinitely, as producer Igo Kantor tells me now, hopefully to be con- tinued next spring. "Hardly Working" is Jerry Lewis' 43rd movie in exactly 30 years. It was in 1949 tflat the team of Jerry Lewis-Dean Martin made their debut on the screen in Hal Willis' prod- uction of "My Friend Irma," based on the famed radio serial. Now, seven years have passed since Lewis last toiled in a feature film, but once he set "Hardly Working" into motion, he says, he had not lost the feel. After all, he directed 13 of his pictu-es and either wrote or co-authdred 25 of them. One of the most successful show biz personalities with box office totals of his films gross- ing $370 million, he has been acclaimed for his verve and style. He was the first enter- tainer to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize -- for his humanitarian efforts and love for the brotherhood of man. As national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Associa- Look for the GREEN DOT specials ADULT $525 CREW TEES wlth SALE transfer (Regular $7.00) CHILDREN s450 CREW TEES with SALE transfer (Regular $5.75) SHELBY'S T SHIRTS&DECALS Inside the Spring Plaza S.R. 4., onowood 831-4230 I " I tion, Lewis devoted half of his lifetime to the efforts to eradi- cate the specter of muscle disease. His perseverance and year-round efforts have raised several hundred million dollars for research, patient and community services. He has given more than $6 million himself to the battle against muscular dystrophy. Jerry Lewis was- born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, in Newark, NJ. Both his parents were professional en- tertainers. At the age of five, Jerry made his debut in the Borscht Belt singing, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime," while his father, the master of cere- monies, watched from the wings. He worked as a comic at 15, attended high school, became a counterman at a drug store, an usher at Loew's State, and a shipping clerkin a hat factory. In July 1946, Jerry Lewis began a partnership with Dean Martin at the 500 Club in Atlantic City that skyrocketed both to fame. For 10 years Martin & Lewis sandwiched 16 NOW OPEN money-making films between nightclub engagements, personal appearances and television bookings. Their last picture was "Hollywood or Bust." They played their final nightclub date together at New York's Copacabana exactly 10 years to the day since they had begun as a team. From then on, Jerry was constantly on the move, re- cording albums such as "Rock.a-Bye Your Baby" that sold nearly four million copies. / Lewis plunged into writing, Vegas producing, directing and act- tinued to ing and in the spring of 1959 a major contract between Paramount 1970, he and his production company the was signed specifying a with the payment of $10 million plus The 60 percent of the profits for 14 gratified films over a seven-year period, him by Most notable among the Kennedy pictures of the period was three "Visit to a Small Planet" from God h the Broadway play by Gore Vidal. Lewis never stopped his nightclub appearances in [.as beyond must do the third." ABC to Air 'Nazi War Criminals in NEW YORK (JTA) -- A This investigation of Nazi nd will eature investigative "the television documentanjto be war criminals in Amedca reports by "Closeup" cur- common aired this coming week will presents evidence indicating respondent Michael Connor. they lived examine the fact that there are that some of them have been Of the more than 200 cases U.S. recruited, protected and even employed by the United States government. "Escape from Justice" will be narrated by ABC News correspondent Tim O'Brien, involving alleged Nazi war criminals in the U.S.--only Argentina and West Germany are thought to have more-- there are but 16 in litigation, according to ABC. One thing ,, @hifuarie more than 200 alleged Nazi war criminals now living in the United States who may be responsible for the deaths of as many as two million people. "ABC News Closeup Escape from Justice: Nazi War Criminals in America" will be aired Sun., Jan. 13 (7-8 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. An ABC spokesman termed it the most compre- hensive examination of Nazis in America ever televised-- exploring how they got here, they they have been able to stay, and why effective legal action against them is starting only now. Te NATURAL FOODS RABBI DIAMOND there was war-time Orlando Sun., Jan. RABBI NORMAN H. DIAMOND, 74, of Day- after tuna Beach died last Univ. Saturday, Jan. 5. A mem- ber of the rabbinate for 45 1932, years, Rabbi Diamond became the spiritual ity leader of Temple Beth El versity. in 1961, from which he chaplain retired in 1975 with the Welfare title of Rabbi Emeritus. WWII.Ar A native of Buffalo, honors, N.Y., Rabbi Diamond moved to Florida from Springfield, O., where he them was spiritual leader of Temple Sholom. 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