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The Bellboy (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 July 1960 (UK)
Mute bellboy Stanley works at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. In spite of being a serviceable and friendly employee, the clumsy Stanley gets successively into trouble with his mistakes.

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Jerry Lewis

Writer:

Jerry Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Stanley / Jerry Lewis
Alex Gerry ... Mr. Novak, Hotel Manager
Bob Clayton Bob Clayton ... Bob, Bell Captain
Sonnie Sands Sonnie Sands ... Sonnie, Bellboy (as Sonny Sands)
Eddie Shaeffer Eddie Shaeffer ... Eddie, Bellboy
Herkie Styles Herkie Styles ... Herkie, Bellboy
David Landfield David Landfield ... David, Bellboy
Bill Richmond Bill Richmond ... Stan Laurel
Larry Best Larry Best ... Apple Man
Cary Middlecoff Cary Middlecoff ... Cary Middlecoff
Art Terry Art Terry ... Art Terry (as The Novelites)
Frankie Carr Frankie Carr ... Frankie Carr (as The Novelites)
Joe Mayer Joe Mayer ... Joe Mayer (as The Novelites)
Stanley Allan Stanley Allan ... Hotel Guest
Duke Art Jr. Duke Art Jr. ... Bellboy
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Storyline

Stanley is a bellboy at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach. It is there that he performs his duties quietly and without a word to anyone. All that he displays are facial expressions and a comedic slapstick style. And anything that can go wrong - does go wrong when Stanley is involved. Then one day, Jerry Lewis, big star, arrives at the hotel and some of the staff notice the striking resemblance. Stanley continues to do what he was hired to do while star Lewis has more trouble with his entourage than the hotel accommodations. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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It's a Series of Silly Sequences and One of Jerry's All-Time Great Comedy Performances! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El botones See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cast of this film is comprised largely of nightclub performers who were appearing in or near the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami, FL, during the time of filming. Jerry Lewis was under tremendous pressure to finish the film quickly in order for it to be released in time for the summer season. Despite writing a 165-page script (enough for a film of roughly 2-1/2 hours), Lewis' final cut ran 71 minutes. See more »

Goofs

When the staff helps the overweight Mrs. Hartung up the stairs you see the reflection of the boom mic raising up in the window See more »

Crazy Credits

Jerry is credited both as "Jerry Lewis" and "Joe Levitch", his real name: Jerry Lewis plays Stanley, Joe Levitch plays himself. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Till Luck Do Us Part 2 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Alabama Jubilee
(uncredited)
Music by George L. Cobb
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
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I really thought I'd really die watching it
16 August 2003 | by matthankSee all my reviews

This movie is solid gags. No plot and JL is very open about that....only gags or what they used to call 'blackouts'. I have simply never laughed so hard as when I watched this movie. But as for the scene where he loses it by the elevators, you may or may not like it (French?) but it nearly caused me to have an early death. Tape it, rent it or buy it, but if you have come this far, watch it!


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