The unlucky ones

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German title The unlucky ones
Original title One more time
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1969
length 93 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Jerry Lewis
script Michael Pertwee
production Milton Ebbins
music Les Reed
camera Ernest Steward
cut Bill Butler

The unlucky ones (Original title: One More Time ) is an American comedy film directed by Jerry Lewis from 1969 with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford in the lead roles.


The owners of nightclubs Salt & Pepper in London district of Soho , Charlie Salt and Pepper Chris, are highly indebted. Since the club is almost bankrupt too , Pepper tries to borrow money from his rich twin brother, Lord Sydney Pepper. Both are at odds, which is why Sydney flatly rejects the request.

Chris disguises himself as his brother in order to get the money anyway. Sydney made his fortune as a diamond smuggler and double agent , which eventually leads to his assassination. Chris now takes on the role of his twin brother permanently, without knowing his secret double life . He pretends to Charlie that the murdered man is his friend. He eventually employs Charlie as his assistant; the latter accepts the offer with the ulterior motive of being able to find the murderer. Both move into the castle of the murdered lord, in whose cellar Count Dracula and Baron Frankenstein live.

Finally, Chris reveals himself to Charlie. Together they face the murderers of Lord Sydney; however, the film ends with an open ending in which the two flee from the gangsters.


In the sequel to the comedy Salt and Pepper by Richard Donner from 1968, Jerry Lewis took over the direction, which could fall back on the two main actors Sammy Davis, Jr. and Peter Lawford as well as the screenwriter Michael Pertwee. In Cameoauftritten are Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in their starring roles in the Hammer films to see. Produced in 1969, the comedy premiered on April 30, 1971.


"Quite entertaining crime comedy with many bizarre and gaudy scenes."

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  1. The unlucky ones. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed September 22, 2018 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used