In Three on a Couch Jerry Lewis plays a commercial artist whose psychiatrist fiancee (Janet Leigh) refuses to take time from her patients for a wedding and a honeymoon. Lewis takes the drastic step of assuming three different identities and wooing three of Leigh’s female patients, hoping that love will get them to quit therapy.
In his first film after the end of his long association with Paramount, Lewis tried to update his image by playing a more mature character. But his three alter egos provide enough wackiness to please fans of his earlier style.
Janet Leigh had been a longtime friend of Jerry Lewis. He was best man at her and Tony Curtis’s wedding in 1951. She and Curtis appeared in an amateur movie Lewis directed in the early ’50s called Fairfax Avenue, a parody of Sunset Boulevard in which she took the Gloria Swanson role. And Leigh was the leading lady in the 1954 Martin and Lewis film Living It Up.
Cast: Jerry Lewis, Janet Leigh, Buddy Lester, James Best, Renzo Cesana, Fritz Feld, Kathleen Freeman, Gila Golan, Mary Ann Mobley, Leslie Parrish
Producer and Director: Jerry Lewis
Director of Photography: W. Wallace Kelley
Editors: Joe Luciano, Russel Wiles
Composer: Louis Y. Brown
Screenwriters: Bob Ross, Samuel Taylor
Art Director: Leo K. Kuter
USA / Columbia / 109 minutes / 1966