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TCM Saluting Jerry Lewis

Turner Classic Movies will dedicate some of its Labor Day (and following day) lineup Sept. 4-5 to a salute to comedian Jerry Lewis, who died Aug. 20 at the age of 91.

Lewis and Labor Day became inextricably linked by Lewis' four-plus decade hosting of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day telethon.

The five-film tribute begins with The Nutty Professor, at 8 p.m., followed by The King of Comedy, The Stooge, The Bellboy and The Disorderly Orderly.

TCM said Lewis' "irrepressible zaniness and frantic creativity made him a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century."

John Eggerton
John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.