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CHRISTOPHER DEVARGAS

Entertainment legend Jerry Lewis photographed at his home Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in Las Vegas.

A little less than a year since the death of comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, a pair of new projects, including a new box set of 10 of his best-loved films, and an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Film in New York City, are set to build his posthumous legacy as a legendary entertainer.

His son Chris Lewis, who worked alongside his father for years as his road manager, overseer of his film and TV vault and archivist, has been involved with both ventures, and he says that while many might think they know the works of Lewis inside and out there are surprises yet to come.

"I'm there trying to keep things in great shape and up to date," Lewis says by phone from his office in Henderson, where he moved in 2011 to be closer to his father's home in Las Vegas. "And we have some really beautiful copies of these classic comedies."

He's referring to the Jerry Lewis 10 Film Collection which arrives on DVD on Wednesday, June 12, for a budget price of around $20 for the set. It includes movies as earlier as 1951's "The Stooge" with his longtime comedy partner Dean Martin as well as iconic films such as "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy."

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