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The Errand Boy -- 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.


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Release Date:
28 November 1961 (USA) See more »
Fractures Hollywood with a Million Howls!
Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jerry Lewis ... Morty S. Tashman

Brian Donlevy ... Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual

Howard McNear ... Dexter Sneak
Dick Wesson ... The A.D.
Robert Ivers ... Young NY Director Who Argues with T.P.
Pat Dahl ... Miss Carson

Renée Taylor ... Miss Giles
Rita Hayes ... Singer Who Dubs Davitt

Stanley Adams ... Grumpy

Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Helen Paramutual / Mrs. T.P.
Isobel Elsom ... Irma Paramutual
Sig Ruman ... Baron Elston Carteblanche
Felicia Atkins ... Serina

Doodles Weaver ... Weaver
Fritz Feld ... Busby - Roaring 20's Director
Kenneth MacDonald ... Mr. Fumble
Joey Forman ... Jedson
Iris Adrian ... Anastasia Anastasia, Actress
Paul Ritts ... Paul Ritts
Mary Ritts ... Mary Ritts
David Landfield ... Lance (as Dave Landfield)
Del Moore ... M.C. at Premiere
Bellfontevro ... Puppeteer
Richard Bakalyan ... Jason, Anastasia's Director

Joe Besser ... Man Watching Rushes
Theodora Davitt ... Southern Belle in Film
Milton Frome ... Mr. Greenback
Hank Ladd ... Paramutual Family Member
Mary LeBow ... Lover in Film
Mike Mahoney ... Carl - Prop Man's Assistant
Mickey Manners ... Larkin
Sally Mansfield ... Miss Herok - Script Stenographer

Mike Mazurki ... Blonde 'Movie Siren'
Richard Morrow ... Minor Role
Bill Richmond ... Bespectacled Man in Elevator
Caroline Richter ... Bubblegum Blower in Elevator
Michael Ross ... Big Man in Elevator (as Mike Ross)
Benny Rubin ... Mr. Wabenlotnee

Regis Toomey ... Studio Exec with the Baron
Mary Treen ... Commissary Cashier
Herb Vigran ... Cigar Smoker in Elevator
Jerry Wayne ... Confederate Soldier in Movie
William Wellman Jr. ... Actor / Lover in Film
The Dover Basketeers ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Mr. Babewosental (uncredited)
Roscoe Ates ... Ralph - Prop Man (uncredited)

Jim Backus ... Mr. Arbutt (uncredited) (voice)
Nicky Blair ... Man in Screening Room (uncredited)

Dan Blocker ... Himself - Cameo Appearance as Hoss Cartwright (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Premier Attendee (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Film Crew Member (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire ... Ulysses Paramutual (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Premier Attendee (uncredited)
Leo Durocher ... Himself - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Serina's Escort at Premiere (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Film Crew Member (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Premier Attendee (uncredited)
Bob Golden ... Man in elevator (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Lorne Greene ... Himself - Cameo Appearance as Ben Cartwright (uncredited)
Daryn Hinton ... 1st Little Girl Wanting Jelly Beans (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Albert Paramutual (uncredited)
Irving Kaye ... Paramutual Family Member (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Premier Attendee (uncredited)

Michael Landon ... Himself - Cameo Appearance as Little Joe Cartwright (uncredited)

Barry Livingston ... Little Boy Wanting Jelly Beans (uncredited)
Darlene Lucht ... Blonde Script Stenographer (uncredited)
Sol Murgi ... Film Crew Member (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Premier Attendee (uncredited)
Quinn O'Hara ... Model (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... 'Snub' (uncredited)

Pernell Roberts ... Himself - Cameo Appearance as Adam Cartwright (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Premiere Attendee (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Premier Attendee (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Premiere Attendee (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Premiere Attendee (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Premier Attendee (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Premiere Attendee (uncredited)

Judy Whitney ... 2nd Little Girl Wanting Jelly Beans (uncredited)
Dick Whittinghill ... Man in Screening Room (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Lewis 
Writing credits
Jerry Lewis (written by) and
Bill Richmond (written by)

Produced by
Ernest D. Glucksman .... producer
Arthur P. Schmidt .... associate producer
Original Music by
Walter Scharf 
Cinematography by
W. Wallace Kelley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stanley E. Johnson 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
James W. Payne 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
William Davidson .... production manager (as Bill Davidson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Manoogian .... crane operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sy Devore .... wardrobe: men
Nat Wise .... wardrobe: men
Music Department
Phil Boutelje .... music coordinator
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Walter Scharf .... conductor
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Jimmie Haskell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Nick Castle .... choreographer
Eleanor H. Donahoe .... script supervisor
Marshall Katz .... assistant to producer
Frank Somper .... furrier
Marvin Weldon .... dialogue coach
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
One Of Jerry's Finest, 12 May 2004
Author: Brian Washington ( from Los Angeles, California

This is probably one of the finest films Jerry Lewis did in the post Martin and Lewis era. In fact, this film is a pretty much a great parody of Hollywood and it manages to poke fun at what really goes on behind the scenes with many of its stars and how a lot of films are really produced. One scene that is particularly funny is the one in the recording studio. This pretty much reminded me of how a lot of actresses who couldn't sing had their voices dubbed by a professional singer (of course this could have been inspired by noted singer Marni Nixon who dubbed many of Hollywood's leading ladies including Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood). But the funniest scene was the one in the candy store in which Morty is constantly going up and down the ladder getting jelly beans for the three kids and finally explodes when the last kid asks for them. This film is definitely one of Jerry Lewis's best.

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