|ONE MORE TIME (director: Jerry Lewis; screenwriter: Michael Pertwee; cinematographer: Ernest Steward; editor: William Butler; music: Geoff Stephens; cast: Peter Lawford (Chris Pepper/Lord Sydney Pepper ), Sammy Davis, Jr. (Charlie Salt), Maggie Wright (Miss Tomkins), Leslie Sands (Inspector), John Wood (Figg), Edward Evans (Gordon); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Milton Ebbins; UA; 1970)|
|"Tedious sequel to the Rat Pack
pal film Salt & Pepper."
by Dennis Schwartz
sequel to the Rat Pack pal film Salt &
Pepper (1968) that was
directed by Richard Donner and starred Peter
Lawford and Sammy
Davis, Jr., who reprised their roles in the
version directed by first-time helmer comic actor
Jerry Lewis ("The Big Mouth"/"The
Family Jewels"/"The Patsy"). The sub-par script is by
Salt (Sammy Davis, Jr.) and Chris
Pepper (Peter Lawford) own a swinging London
nightclub until their club is closed for violations.
Given two weeks to pay or be severely fined, the
partners scheme to save the club. When Chris's wealthy
twin brother Lord Sydney Pepper comes to
London, he refuses to help his brother. Meanwhile
Chris uses his brother's identity to free load
around town. When the real Sydney is murdered, Chris
carries out the pose for real by changing clothes
with the corpse but fails to tell this to his
partner Salt. We learn Sydney had enemies because he
double-crossed both Interpol and international
diamond smugglers, and it's up to the live brother
to catch his dead brother's killer. We soon discover
the killer is among the dangerous jewel thieves,
where Sydney was a diamond smuggler.
The episodic comedy gets sluggish as it moves from one unfunny set piece to another, with strained comedy and a heavy-handedness that makes this one a low mark in comedy.
REVIEWED ON 4/14/2014 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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