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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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Joe Besser was struggling for work at this time, and friend Lewis gave him a small role. It paid off well for Besser, who met Joey Bishop on the set... and wound up with a costarring role on Bishop's television sitcom for the next few years. See more »

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Silly, plot less, ofter overacted but still enjoyable.
25 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I don't think "The Errand Boy" is a film everyone will love. The film is essentially plot less and it's made up of one silly skit after another. Additionally, some of the bits are pretty bad--with some serious overacting by Jerry Lewis. Yet, despite its faults, the film is pleasant and entertaining.

I could describe the plot but frankly it never made sense and occupied little of the film. Suffice to say that dopey Morty (Lewis) is hired as an errand boy at a film studio and ends up repeatedly screwing up pretty much everything he does. And, in the end, there is a twist--a nice one at that.

Very few people would notice that much of "The Errand Boy" was lifted from the Harold Lloyd feature "Movie Crazy". Part of the reason folks won't recognize this is that it's a rather obscure film--created in the talking picture era when he was no longer quite the star he was during the silent days. Additionally, the film has been seen, quite inaccurately, as a dud--whereas it's really a dandy film. Here, Lewis resurrects much of this old film and into it injects lots of silliness. Some of the silliness doesn't work (as was often the case, the timing was a problem--skits were something overdone and drawn out way too much--especially the ones involving mispronunciations) and some does. I really didn't enjoy the pathos in scenes involving puppets but must admit a few of the skits (such as Jerry in the pool) were quite funny. Overall, a VERY mixed bag and a film much like Lewis' other plot less film, "The Bell Boy" (which I actually prefer). Worth seeing if you are a fan.

By the way, for classic TV buffs, you'll easily recognize Howard McNear (Floyd the Barber from "The Andy Griffith Show"). But, if you look closely, you'll also see Barry Livingston (Ernie from "My Three Sons") in a skit involving jellybeans.


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