The Ladies' Man

Los Angeles: Paramount, 1961. Archive of material belonging to set director Jim Payne, largely related to the 1961 Jerry Lewis film "The Ladies Man." With a typed letter signed by Jerry Lewis and a second typed letter signed by Bobby Darin thanking Payne for his work on "Too Late Blues" (1961).

The archive includes a set dressing estimate totaling $15,246.00, a memo from Jerry Lewis thanking Payne for his work, two typed letters signed (one from Lewis and one from Darin), one centerfold article from a magazine with a large color photograph of the set of "The Ladies Man" (with Lewis grinning behind the camera), and 72 black and white images of set design drawing reproductions and photographs of the set, with Payne's holograph notations to some of the set design drawing reproductions.

Notable for its four story dollhouse-like set designed by Payne, in which Lewis could film continuous shots by panning between rooms, the set for "The Ladies Man" cost $350,000.00, the most expensive for a family comedy to date in 1961. Lewis (who also produced and directed the film) stars as a man who swears off women once his girlfriend leaves him for another man, but then begins a new job at an all-women's boarding house. The debut film of actress Lillian Briggs.

Forty-five 4 x 5 inch photographs of the set, plus five 8 x 10 inch photographs of the set and twenty-two 8 x 10 inch reproductions of set design drawings, seven of which are on matte paper and the rest glossy, with occasional holograph pencil notations. All materials Very Good plus or better.


[Book #142530]

Price: $2,750.00