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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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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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Comedy

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lewis offered the job of director to Billy Wilder. Wilder suggested to Lewis that he should direct it himself. 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 Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Alabama Jubilee
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Music by George L. Cobb
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I admit it - I'm a Jerry Lewis fan
9 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you don't believe Jerry Lewis is a comic genius, you need to see this film. The humor. The cinematography. Everything is spot on. I know people have said there is no plot to this but watch it. There is. And it's sad and funny, as all good comedy truly is. Still one of my favorites. Watch the reactions of all the people around him. Watch how each scene is set up and framed. Jerry Lewis never saw the critical acclaim here in the US as he did in Europe but I believe he was way ahead of his time. Comedians like Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, and even Jim Carrey owe a debt of gratitude for Jerry Lewis paving the way. I wish the younger generation would discover Jerry Lewis' movies, including this one, because I believe they would appreciate his humor and artistry. Check out this movie, The Nutty Professor, Cinderfella and the Errand Boy.


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