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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 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 »


Julie Blair: Can you drive an ambulance?
Nurse Higgins: Well, in the Army I drove a tank...
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Featured in Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten (2006) 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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Very hospital-able, especially since Gladys Kravitz is one of the patients.
22 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Jerry Lewis may have reached his wackiest here. He plays Jerome Littlefield, an orderly who appears to be a combination of Insp. Clouseau and Gilligan. Pretty much most of the movie features him getting into a series of embarrassing situations. I personally think that they could have just left it at that and avoided the love story.

And yes, that's Alice Pearce as the over-communicative Miss Fuzzibee, right before she got the role of a certain nosy neighbor suspicious that there's a witch or something in the neighborhood. All in all, "The Disorderly Orderly" is classic comedy at its best. You gotta wonder how they did some of those scenes. Also starring Kathleen Freeman.

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