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The Disorderly Orderly -- Poor Jerome Littlefield (Jerry Lewis). He wants to be a doctor – but that’s not exactly the perfect career choice when you’re hopelessly squeamish. So he settles for the job of orderly at the Whitestone Sanitarium, a career move that’s guaranteed to keep the patients – and viewers – in stitches!


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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
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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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 nurse's song in French is about the flowers in her garden, while Jerome's continuation of the song, though containing certain recognizable words, is not fluent French.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Jerome is loading the laundry onto the cart, he throws a bag and it goes over the cart and hits the wall on the other side. When the laundry hits the wall and door, the door and the entire wall shake revealing that it is obviously fake.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:
Referenced in A Tribute to Stanley Kramer (2004) (V)See more »
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Jerry Lewis in a sanitarium...and he's not a patient?, 12 September 2010
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Medical school flunky Jerry Lewis, who turns to jelly when patients talk about their grisly ailments, finds himself employed as an orderly at a private hospital/sanitarium/rest home (the script can't decide which it is). There's a drill sergeant head nurse who shouts at Jerry, a resident manager who dotes on Jerry, a corporation head who wants to fire Jerry, and a student nurse who wants to marry Jerry. In between all this, Lewis crosses his eyes and knocks things over. Some of this slapstick might be funnier if director Frank Tashlin knew how to follow through on a gag--and had possibly found a way to reel Lewis in. The glossy production is bright, the supporting players are good, and there's a funny, frantic chase through the streets and into a supermarket at the finale. Tashlin's outrageous sense of satire is occasionally clever, but it can't really bolster the dim-wittedness of Lewis' geek act, nor the cartoony screwball bits (as when Lewis cracks open a bad TV set and creates a snowy blizzard in a hospital room). Lewis-addicts are obviously the film's prime audience; for everyone else, a few scattered laughs amongst the high-decibel shouting and mugging. ** from ****

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