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

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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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"That Boy Is An Accident", 24 October 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When Jerry Lewis had a strong director like Frank Tashlin who had his own ideas about comedy both could turn in a really good film. The Disorderly Orderly ranks up there as one of Lewis's best solo films.

The Disorderly Orderly casts Jerry as a would be doctor who but for one thing might have his MD degree, he's a natural born klutz. He's working at a private hospital where every task he's given turns into a disaster. He'd be fired but for the fact that the hospital head Glenda Farrell was once involved with Jerry's father and she looks on him as a child with special needs. The head nurse played by Lewis film regular Kathleen Freeman would like to strangle him as does Everett Sloane the chairman of the hospital board after a couple of encounters with him.

It's a psychological block that Jerry has, he empathizes too much with the patients and he tries too hard. The scene that brings that out is when he has to listen to Alice Pearce as one of the patients go through her laundry list of ailments. Lewis's reactions are positively hysterical.

Truth be told not everything is his fault. There's a surreal scene where Jerry is trying to fix patient Barbara Nichols's television of the snow showing. He opens it up and an arctic blast comes through the television. Truly not his fault, but also very funny.

As it turns out the cause of his complex arrives at the hospital in the person of Susan Oliver who was a prom queen back in his high school who Jerry didn't have the nerve to approach. Contact with her cures him though not the way you think or what you think.

Lewis's performance hits on all levels from the screamingly funny to a sad kind of pathos especially involving Oliver. His relationship with her as an innocent reminds me a lot of Lou Costello in several of his films.

The last ten minutes involving a chase scene with two ambulances reminds me of the chase in The Bank Dick later revived in In Society. There's also a nice cameo from Jack E. Leonard as another patient who gets the better of Jerry.

The Disorderly Orderly is an absolute must for Jerry Lewis fans of yesterday and today, it belongs at the top of his comedy classics.

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