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The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Glenda Farrell ...
Dr. Jean Howard
Susan Andrews
Nurse Maggie Higgins
Mr. Tuffington
Del Moore ...
Dr. Davenport
Alice Pearce ...
Mrs. Fuzzibee
Milton Frome ...
Board Member
John Macchia ...
Jack E. Leonard ...
Fat Jack
Miss Marlowe
Muriel Landers ...
Frank J. Scannell ...
Milton M. Mealy (as Frank Scannell)


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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Comedy | Romance


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16 December 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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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 »


When Jerome and Julie go out to dinner for spaghetti, he has a plate and she does not. When he finishes twirling the spaghetti into a big pile, her plate "magically" appears. See more »


Julie Blair: Can you drive an ambulance?
Nurse Higgins: Well, in the Army I drove a tank...
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References That's My Boy (1951) See more »


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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Lewis Landmark
15 April 2006 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

With all due respect to THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, THE DISORDERLY ORDERLY is the funniest movie Jerry Lewis ever made. He didn't direct it --- instead he wisely turned those duties over to the master Frank Tashlin. Tashlin keeps Lewis on slapstick track while forgoing much of the maudlin sentimentality that Lewis usually allowed to overwhelm his self-directed movies. As Jerome Littlefield, Lewis is an extremely inept orderly allowed to run amok by hospital administrator Glenda Farrell much to the chagrin of the shrewish head nurse, played by regular Lewis foil Kathleen Freeman.

The gags are plentiful and all on target: Lewis grappling with an inordinate amount of laundry and a very uncooperative laundry chute; Lewis having to relieve himself while a hypochondriac patient recalls her extremely small bladder; the silent ward has subtitles! Lewis is great and Freeman is her usually tightly wound crank. Alice Pearce is very funny as Mrs. Fuzzybee, who insists on revealing her ailments in very vivid detail.

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