Jerry’s "Not Listening" Stick
Oh, the fun and crazy things you find on the Internet.
As many of you know, my former stepmother S (the nice one) was a dancer/actress. Most of the stuff she worked on was before a lot of my readers’ time, but that’s OK. I have many beautiful pictures of S, but just for grins, I was Googling her today to see if there were any I’d overlooked. She’s on my mind, since I will be having lunch with her tomorrow.
Google, of course, is the land of segues. You search for one thing and it sends you off in myriad directions. Long story short: My stepmother was in a film in 1961 called The Ladies’ Man, starring Jerry Lewis. It was, as films go, kind of stupid, with Jerry doing his usual shtick. So as I roamed through my stepmother’s images, a few from that movie showed up. But then this popped into view: (NO, this is not my stepmom, but it is from Ladies’ Man)
WTF?? Immediately intrigued, I Googled “Jerry Lewis” + “Not Listening Stick.” Apparently, this was a prop he would bring on his movie sets. Not sure how far it dates back, or how many years he used it, but if anyone wasn’t paying attention to his direction on the set or was screwing up their lines, they got a smack from this thing. (I may be going out on a limb here, but I bet it was applied to only the female co-stars, not the male.)
So… am I dying to ask S tomorrow if she was ever at the receiving end of the “Not Listening Stick”? You bet your a$%. I know they were good buddies; in fact, as you may recall my mentioning a year or so ago, that beautiful necklace that she passed on to me was given to her by him.
But am I actually going to ask? Nah. I don’t have the nerve.
Besides, I don’t really want to know if Jerry Lewis is/was kinky. He kinda gives me the creeps these days.