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The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Dr. Jean Howard
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Susan Andrews
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Nurse Maggie Higgins
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Mr. Tuffington
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Dr. Davenport
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Mrs. Fuzzibee
Milton Frome ...
Board Member
John Macchia ...
Orderly
Jack E. Leonard ...
Fat Jack
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Miss Marlowe
Muriel Landers ...
Millicent
Frank J. Scannell ...
Milton M. Mealy (as Frank Scannell)
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When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head of the sanitarium who almost becomes a patient after the antics of the frantic employee. When talkative patient Mrs. Fuzzibee happily and continuously relates her maladies to Jerome, he hilariously has psychosomatic symptoms that mirror those of the nutty woman. He discovers that his high school girl of his dreams, Susan Andrews has been brought to the sanitarium after a suicide attempt. He secretly pays for the destitute young woman's stay while helping to restore her confidence and self respect, much to the jealousy of his girlfriend, Julie Blair, a young and pretty nurse who has high hopes of becoming the future Mrs. Littlefield. Written by alfiehitchie

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16 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Der Tölpel vom Dienst  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The waiter in the Italian restaurant intentionally switches accents, including Japanese, Italian, and finally Irish. See more »

Goofs

When Jerome is chasing the patient with the full-body cast, you can see the string attached to the cast that is pulling it down the hill. See more »

Quotes

Julie Blair: Can you drive an ambulance?
Nurse Higgins: Well, in the Army I drove a tank...
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Connections

Referenced in A Tribute to Stanley Kramer (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Disorderly Orderly
by Earl Shuman and Leon Carr
Sung by Sammy Davis Jr. (as Sammy Davis)
Sammy Davis thru the courtesy of Reprise Records
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Unusual Jerry Lewis movie
21 April 2002 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

This is the usual Jerry Lewis slapstick, though a lot of it seems somewhat forced this time around. Still, writer/director Frank Tashlin keeps it breezy and fast-paced, and makes some memorable scenes, such as the wild chase at the end. Tashlin's previous work in animation is really evident here.

What's unusual about this J.L. entry is that there are a number of quite serious moments, ranging from a criticism of for-profit medical care, and the saga of a suicidal patient Lewis' character falls for. These moments are treated so serious (and convincingly) it's really odd to find them in such a slapstick movie.


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