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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Mr. Tuffington
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Mrs. Fuzzibee
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John Macchia ...
Orderly
Jack E. Leonard ...
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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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The hospital and grounds for the film were shot at the famous Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles, a site used in many films. From 2000 to 2003 both exteriors and interiors were used as the Chilton Preparatory School in the "Gilmore Girls" television series. See more »

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When Jerome is loading the laundry onto the cart, he throws a bag and it goes over the cart and hits the wall on the other side. When the laundry hits the wall and door, the door and the entire wall shake revealing that it is obviously fake. See more »

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Julie Blair: Can you drive an ambulance?
Nurse Higgins: Well, in the Army I drove a tank...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

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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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Jerry gets committed....
2 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of movie most Lewis fans cite when talking about his best.

And why not? "The Disorderly Orderly" pairs Lewis with a good director (Tashlin), apt foils (especially Freeman), supremely funny moments (check out his "sympathy pains") and just the right amount of bathos in spots to give his character not just a clown but a good-hearted, hard-working, sympathetic clown.

And as most come to expect with this kind of movie, slapstick is the prevalent language throughout and if you don't speak it, you won't understand it here. I do, and I did.

See, and they said he wouldn't make it without Dean.

Eight stars. Classic slapstick carnage with a classic slapstick idol.


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