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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual
Dick Wesson ...
The A.D.
Robert Ivers ...
Young NY Director Who Argues with T.P.
Pat Dahl ...
Miss Carson
Miss Giles
Rita Hayes ...
Singer Who Dubs Davitt
Mrs. Helen Paramutual / Mrs. T.P.
Isobel Elsom ...
Irma Paramutual
Sig Ruman ...
Baron Elston Carteblanche
Felicia Atkins ...
Fritz Feld ...
Busby - Roaring 20's Director


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 <>

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Fractures Hollywood with a Million Howls!


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Release Date:

28 November 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Bürotrottel  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Morty S. Tashman (the S stands for scared)
14 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jerry Lewis directs, co-writes and stars in The Errand Boy. Film finds the hapless Lewis hired as an errand boy behind the scenes at Paramutual Pictures. There's a method in the madness, had honcho Tom Paramutual (Brian Donlevy sadly under used) wants him to spy behind the scenes to see why the studio is loosing so much money. Chaos inevitably follows.

Forget the plot, there actually isn't one to hang your hat on, film consists mostly of Lewis skits strung together as he takes us around the workings of the back lot of Paramount. There's a caustic edge to the piece, with Lewis and co-writer Bill Richmond gleefully saying that where film making is concerned, all that glitters is not gold. Some of the visual gags work, others not so, with a couple running far too long to actually work. But as always with Lewis, his best moments detract from the bad to leave the film entertaining for his fans, even if it struggles to stretch the premise over 90 minutes. 6/10

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