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The Bellboy (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 July 1960 (UK)
Mute bellboy Stanley works at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. In spite of being a serviceable and friendly employee, the clumsy Stanley gets successively into trouble with his mistakes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Stanley / Jerry Lewis
Alex Gerry ... Mr. Novak, Hotel Manager
Bob Clayton Bob Clayton ... Bob, Bell Captain
Sonnie Sands Sonnie Sands ... Sonnie, Bellboy (as Sonny Sands)
Eddie Shaeffer Eddie Shaeffer ... Eddie, Bellboy
Herkie Styles Herkie Styles ... Herkie, Bellboy
David Landfield David Landfield ... David, Bellboy
Bill Richmond Bill Richmond ... Stan Laurel
Larry Best Larry Best ... Apple Man
Cary Middlecoff Cary Middlecoff ... Cary Middlecoff
Art Terry Art Terry ... Art Terry (as The Novelites)
Frankie Carr Frankie Carr ... Frankie Carr (as The Novelites)
Joe Mayer Joe Mayer ... Joe Mayer (as The Novelites)
Stanley Allan Stanley Allan ... Hotel Guest
Duke Art Jr. Duke Art Jr. ... Bellboy
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Storyline

Stanley is a bellboy at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach. It is there that he performs his duties quietly and without a word to anyone. All that he displays are facial expressions and a comedic slapstick style. And anything that can go wrong - does go wrong when Stanley is involved. Then one day, Jerry Lewis, big star, arrives at the hotel and some of the staff notice the striking resemblance. Stanley continues to do what he was hired to do while star Lewis has more trouble with his entourage than the hotel accommodations. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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He's the Silliest!!! - In a Series of Sequences That Are Even Sillier! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El botones See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first theatrical release directed by Jerry Lewis. See more »

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When the staff helps the overweight Mrs. Hartung up the stairs you see the reflection of the boom mic raising up in the window See more »

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Jerry is credited both as "Jerry Lewis" and "Joe Levitch", his real name: Jerry Lewis plays Stanley, Joe Levitch plays himself. See more »


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Alabama Jubilee
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Music by George L. Cobb
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
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Probably not the definitive Lewis film but considering Jerry wrote, directed and starred in the flick, fans should take a chance
17 July 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Stanley (Jerry Lewis) is a bellhop at a posh Miami hotel. It is hard to see how he stays employed! When a manager tells him to empty the trunk of a guest's car, for example, the auto turns out to be a Volkswagen beetle. Confused, Stanley nevertheless takes out the car's engine and presents it to the guests. Another time, an overweight lady checks into the hotel in order to complete a diet program. She loses a great deal of pounds and looks great but Stanley decides to give her a box of chocolates, as a reward, and she reverts to her old habits and fatter self. In short, this film is a series of episodes in the life of a hotel bellboy, strung together nicely. Lewis' usual facial expressions, physical humor, and antics are here for the world to see. As a legendary comic, he does a nice job but, this is certainly not his most memorable film. One would have to say The Nutty Professor or even one of my favorites, Way Way Out, are better examples of his talent. With that in mind, however, fans of Lewis should definitely carve out a couple of hours to watch this movie. It is fun, if not totally successful, flick.


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