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

In the film, Jerry Lewis' frequent co-writer Bill Richmond does a quick walk-on as Stan Laurel, one of Lewis' idols. The Laurel imitation, Lewis' non-speaking bellboy and the black-and-white photography show Lewis' intention to make a silent-movie-type comedy. 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 »

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Very unusual....but worth seeing.
27 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of Jerry Lewis' most unusual films. While many of his are quite episodic (with lots of little comedy skits buried within the film), this one is episodic--with no real plot to support it. In other words, it's JUST comedy skits and there is no attempt to create a back story or plot. While this isn't the sort of film I'd usually want to see, it's nice for a change of pace. In many ways, it reminds me of the Mr. Hulot films by Jacques Tati--which isn't surprising, as Lewis has praised Tati's work (and vice-versa).

The film takes place at a swank Miami hotel. Jerry plays a bellboy who always seems to be getting into trouble or being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Many of the skits are only mildly funny--but they come so quickly that it really doesn't matter. Among the best of the routines is when the great actor, Jerry Lewis, comes to the hotel--as well as Milton Berle. Seeing the bellboy AND Lewis was a clever touch--and I loved seeing the entourage that got out of Lewis' limo. Quite engaging and worth seeing. I also marvel that Lewis wrote, directed and starred in this film and did it so very quickly.


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