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The Bellboy (1960)

 -  Comedy  -  20 July 1960 (USA)
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In Miami Beach, the mute bellboy Stanley works at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel. In spite of being a serviceable and friendly employee, the clumsy Stanley gets successively into trouble with his mistakes.

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Stars: Jerry Lewis, Janet Leigh, Mary Ann Mobley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stanley / Himself
Alex Gerry ...
Bob Clayton ...
Bob, Bell Captain
Sonnie Sands ...
Sonnie, Bellboy (as Sonny Sands)
Eddie Shaeffer ...
Eddie, Bellboy
Herkie Styles ...
Herkie, Bellboy
David Landfield ...
David, Bellboy
Bill Richmond ...
Larry Best ...
Apple Man
Cary Middlecoff ...
Himself
Art Terry ...
Himself (as The Novelites)
Frankie Carr ...
Himself (as The Novelites)
Joe Mayer ...
Himself (as The Novelites)
Stanley Allan ...
Hotel Guest
Duke Art Jr. ...
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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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Jerry Lewis rings the bell for buffoonery! See more »

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20 July 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El botones  »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Lewis wrote the script in eight days. See more »

Goofs

When Stanley is taking a break and goes to sit down at the bar, a napkin suddenly appears during the cutaway. 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 »

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Referenced in Battleship (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Alabama Jubilee
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Music by George L. Cobb
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That raucous laugh and voice
7 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In The Bellboy we get to see two Jerry Lewises. Jerry plays a bellboy at the famous Miami Beach Fountainbleu Hotel where a good deal of the film is shot. And he plays movie star Jerry Lewis who happens to be staying at the Fountainbleu with one very large entourage. That's one of the gags in a funny scene involving a limousine. Also staying there is Milton Berle in another gag involving an identical Milton as well as an identical Jerry.

Jack Kruschen plays the head of Paramount Pictures in a prologue opening where he explains this film has no plot or story, it's just the day in the life of a singularly inept bellboy. He's the bane in the existence of hotel manager Alex Gerry and bell captain Bob Clayton. Jerry must be related to someone important otherwise he would have been canned years ago.

That raucous Lewis laugh and voice you will not hear at all, still Jerry puts together a lovely series of sight gags without a sound coming from him. Usually that voice is so much a part of his comedy shtick you'd think he'd be lost without it, but he carries off his goal of making a film that is a tribute to the famous silent comedians of yore.

One gag involves writer Bill Richmond doing an imitation of Stan Laurel. My guess is that Jerry tried to get the real Stan to do this film, but probably health reasons prevented it. It wasn't one of the better gags in the film, it could have used the real Stan to make it work.

The Bellboy is a quieter, but not more gentle Jerry Lewis.


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