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Watch: The Philosophy of Steve Martin in ‘The Jerk’

Watch: The Philosophy of Steve Martin in 'The Jerk'

By 1979, his remarkable on-stage success had gained him enough clout to write and star in his own film. That movie, "The Jerk," is an often hilarious series of vignettes that expand on Martin’s post-modern stand-up routines while harking back to Paramount’s silly/surreal screwball comedies of the early 30’s. Produced for a lowly four million dollars, the film cleaned up at the box office earning over 73 million by year’s end.

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