The Jerk (1979) - (Steve Martin) US one-sheet
This is a 27" x 41" US one-sheet for the 1979 Carl Reiner film The Jerk based on a story by Steve Martin and Carl Gottlieb, screenplay by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb and Michael Elias and starring Steve Martin as Navin R. Johnson. This was Steve Martin's first starring role in a feature film. Plot summary: Navin personally narrates his story for the viewer. He tells us he is a foolish homeless bum adopted by an African American sharecropper who does not realize he is adopted until adulthood. He leaves home and hitchhikes to St. Louis looking for the Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra, whose performance of "Crazy Rhythm" he has heard on the radio and liked. On the road he falls in love with Marie [Bernadette Peters], but Marie reluctantly leaves him because of the lack of financial security. Navin's fortunes take a turn for the better when an invention is a commercial success, so he finds and marries Marie. Then problems with the invention and a series of lawsuits reverse his fortunes; Navin is soon homeless again and abandoned once more by Marie.
Cast and crew: Carl Reiner, Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, Michael Elias, Bernadette Peters, Mabel King, Catlin Adams, Richard Ward, Bill Macy, Dick Anthony Williams, M. Emmet Walsh, Dick O'Neil, Maurice Evans, Helena Carroll, Renn Woods, Pepe Serna, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGee"