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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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Nurse Maggie Higgins
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Mr. Tuffington
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Dr. Davenport
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Mrs. Fuzzibee
Milton Frome ...
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John Macchia ...
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Fat Jack
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Miss Marlowe
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

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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Jerry Lewis Is Off His Rocker
3 October 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Infantile neurotic Jerry Lewis (as Jerome Littlefield) dreams of one day becoming a doctor like his father, but has instead become "The Disorderly Orderly" at the "Whitestone Sanitarium and Hospital" (for recovering nut-cases). As you'll see, Mr. Lewis is well-placed. The sanitarium locations are recognizable as being filmed at "Greystone", the mansions producer Dan Curtis used for the west coast "Collinwood" on his "Dark Shadows" TV series. It's a frequently filmed estate.

There are several clever bits; it's too bad the comedy is so often strained. The introduction of three Lewis characters before the credits is a waste of time. And, Lewis' "Jerome" fails as a sort of a split personality, as outlined by head doctor Glenda Farrell (as Jean Howard). He's also caught up in a dull "love triangle" with nurse Karen Sharpe (as Julie Blair) and patient Susan Oliver (as Susan Andrews). However, the delightful Kathleen Freeman (as Maggie Higgins) is always an asset.

**** The Disorderly Orderly (12/16/64) Frank Tashlin ~ Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, Glenda Farrell, Kathleen Freeman


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