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The Errand Boy (1961)

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Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr. Sneak and gets a job in the mail room so that he can have access to ... See full summary »

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Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual
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Dick Wesson ...
The A.D.
Robert Ivers ...
Young NY Director Who Argues with T.P.
Pat Dahl ...
Miss Carson
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Miss Giles
Rita Hayes ...
Singer Who Dubs Davitt
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Grumpy
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Mrs. Helen Paramutual / Mrs. T.P.
Isobel Elsom ...
Irma Paramutual
Sig Ruman ...
Baron Elston Carteblanche
Felicia Atkins ...
Serina
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Fritz Feld ...
Roaring 20's Director
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Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr. Sneak and gets a job in the mail room so that he can have access to the lot. But all that Morty ever finds is that he can cause havoc no matter what he does. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Fractures Hollywood with a Million Howls!

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Comedy | Family

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28 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Der Bürotrottel  »

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A scene of note with Jerry Lewis chewing out an imaginary board room, all done in mime with music background - the music is "Blues in Hoss' Flat" popularised by the Count Basie and His Orchestra. A recording of it can be heard in Basie's March 1960 Paris concert and there may be other recordings of it as well. See more »

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That's My Way
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Written by Louis Y. Brown, Jerry Lewis and Bill Richmond
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My favourite Jerry Lewis movie
5 June 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Those who dismiss 'The Errand Boy' as juvenile comedy in the vein of the awful Tom Green are way out of line - this film in particular is entertaining, genuinely funny, and acted and directed with charm by Jerry Lewis. Perhaps he was funnier in 'Who's Minding The Store' or 'The Nutty Professor', but this one remains my favourite.

It is the story of Morty, an underling at a Hollywood studio where he can cause as many problems as he can - in the canteen, on the sets, in the lift, as an unexpected extra during filming, and by overdubbing his own squeaky vocals over a finished soundtrack. The combined effect of all this is irresistable.

My favourite scene though is the one in the prop room, where Morty seeks advice from a couple of finger puppets about how to improve his life. Cliched, maybe, but unexpected amongst the silliness and really quite effective.


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