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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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
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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 »
During the film's introduction sequence Jerry Lewis is seen writing his name using his finger on a white glass surface. When the camera zooms in it's clear the penmanship is different and was obviously written by two different people. See more »
Jerry is credited both as "Jerry Lewis" and "Joe Levitch", his real name: Jerry Lewis plays Stanley, Joe Levitch plays himself. See more »
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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