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16 December 1964 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Very hospital-able, especially since Gladys Kravitz is one of the patients. See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jerry Lewis ... Jerome Littlefield

Glenda Farrell ... Dr. Jean Howard

Susan Oliver ... Susan Andrews

Karen Sharpe ... Julie Blair

Kathleen Freeman ... Nurse Maggie Higgins

Everett Sloane ... Mr. Tuffington

Del Moore ... Dr. Davenport

Alice Pearce ... Mrs. Fuzzibee
Milton Frome ... Board Member
John Macchia ... Orderly

Jack E. Leonard ... Fat Jack

Barbara Nichols ... Miss Marlowe

Muriel Landers ... Millicent
Frank J. Scannell ... Milton M. Mealy (as Frank Scannell)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Alesia ... Interne (uncredited)

Murray Alper ... Patient (uncredited)
Allyson Ames ... Nurse (uncredited)
Carol Andreson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Danny Costello ... 1st Ambulance Interne (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Board Member (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Secondary Supporting Role (uncredited)

Robert Donner ... Interne (uncredited)

Tommy Farrell ... Policeman (uncredited)

Herbie Faye ... Mr. Welles, Patient (uncredited)
Jack Fife ... Moving Van Helper (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bob Harvey ... Orderly (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Van Driver (uncredited)

Mike Mazurki ... Moving Van Passenger (uncredited)

Kent McCord ... Pre-Opening Credit Hospital Intern (uncredited)
Freddie Payne ... Orderly (uncredited)
Marge Redmond ... Nurse (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... 1st Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Gabrielle Rossillon ... Nurse (uncredited)

Benny Rubin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Tall Blonde Masseuse (uncredited)
William Wellman Jr. ... Dr. Smathers (uncredited)

Cissy Wellman ... Nurse (uncredited)

Dave Willock ... Policeman (uncredited)

Francine York ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Tashlin 
Writing credits
Frank Tashlin (screenplay)

Norm Liebmann (story) and
Ed Haas (story)

Produced by
Paul Jones .... producer
Jerry Lewis .... executive producer
Arthur P. Schmidt .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley 
Cinematography by
W. Wallace Kelley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russel Wiles 
John Woodcock 
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Sy Devore (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Bud Bashaw Jr. .... makeup artist
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Jack Stone .... makeup artist
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
William Davidson .... production manager (as Bill Davidson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director
William R. Poole .... assistant director
Art Department
Jim Cottrell .... props
Martin Pendleton .... props
Sound Department
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Don Merritt .... sound
Jim Miller .... sound
Bud Parman .... sound
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Crowder .... grip
Robert Dabke .... grip
Lorne Netten .... gaffer
Sterling Smith .... still photographer
Dewey Wrigley Jr. .... assistant camera
Carl Manoogian .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sy Devore .... wardrobe: men
James M. George .... wardrobe
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Arthur P. Schmidt .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Irvin Talbot .... conductor
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Marvin Weldon .... dialogue coach
Dorothy Yutzi .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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Finland:89 min | USA:90 min | UK:89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The waiter in the Italian restaurant intentionally switches accents, including Japanese, Italian, and finally Irish.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: After Jerome falls into the laundry chute, a clear silhouette of a crew member is visible inside.See more »
Julie Blair:Can you drive an ambulance?
Nurse Higgins:Well, in the Army I drove a tank...
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Very hospital-able, especially since Gladys Kravitz is one of the patients., 22 March 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

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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