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The Patsy (1964)

 -  Comedy  -  12 August 1964 (USA)
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When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ina Balin ...
Caryl Fergusson
Chic Wymore
Harry Silver
Morgan Heywood
Bruce Alden
Prof. Mulerr
Sy Devore
Shoeshine Boy
Del Moore ...
The Barber
Copa Café MC
Helen, Theatergoer


When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do anything right. The big TV show is getting closer, and Stanley gets worse all the time. Written by Brian W Martz <>

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Release Date:

12 August 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Son of Bellboy  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the opening scene when Lewis makes his entrance he's wearing an English Chelsea styled boot, but during the freeze-frame fall out the window, and when he has to land back on the balcony, he's wearing very sensible and safe rubber-soled shoes. See more »


References Prince Valiant (1954) See more »


I Lost My Heart in a Drive-In Movie
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by David Raksin
Performed by Jerry Lewis
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The Patsy has co-writer, director, and star Jerry Lewis in both hilarious and not-so mode
20 August 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This Jerry Lewis comedy, which he also co-wrote and directed, begins with an unusual premise: a movie star has died and his staff of handlers (Keenan Wynn, Everett Sloane, John Carradine, Phil Harris, Ina Balin, and Peter Lorre who died before this was released) are discussing if they should split up. That would become "no" when Jerry, as bellhop Stanley Belt, shows up and clumsily drops his ice and glasses which makes the team try to make him a star. I'll stop there and just say that while I know that Lewis tends to overdo his shtick, I usually find it funny maybe both because and despite him doing so. I mean, when he mouths in the wrong places his recorded lyrics to his hit song (which I personally don't think would have been a hit even as a novelty tune) or has a disastrous encounter with music teacher Hans Conried (a veteran player of Lewis' movies), I'm so there laughing my head off! And a couple of silent sequences are pretty amusing if not as funny. But when we see Stanley at his night club debut, his accident-prone and mixed-words performance is painful to watch not only to the characters watching but to the actual film audience as well though it's possible Lewis meant it that way. There's also some entertaining tap dancing by The Four Step Brothers and some cool shoe shine-bopping by Scatman Crothers even though his character borders on an African-American stereotype though even there you get something of an edge in modern humor at the end of that bit. After the aforementioned night club bit, it loses some steam but the ending more than makes up for it. Oh, and cameos by the likes of Hedda Hopper and Ed Sullivan are also fine for the good sports they show up as. So on that note, The Patsy is well worth a look for any Lewis fan out there. P.S. This is one of the few movies that both Keenan and his father, Ed Wynn, both show up in though in this case, they have no scenes together. Oh, and Sullivan mentions both Martin & Lewis and The Beatles as among those that made their TV debut on his show, having filmed his scene not long after The Fab Four's first appearance with him on February 9, 1964.

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