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The Bellboy (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 July 1960 (UK)
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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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Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis

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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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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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It's a Series of Silly Sequences and One of Jerry's All-Time Great Comedy Performances! See more »

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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

Several hand-lettered signs have obvious spelling errors. In the room where the bellboy steams pants, there is a notice about "tennants"; soon after, on the card warning non-guests not to watch the TV, there is a misplaced apostrophe in "yo'ure". See more »

Quotes

Mr. Novak, Hotel Manager: Stop shaking your head! What's a matter with you, can't you talk?
Stanley: Certainly, I can talk. I suspect I can talk as well as any other man, Mr. Novak.
Mr. Novak, Hotel Manager: In that case, how is it we never heard you talk before?
Stanley: Because no one ever asked me.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Alabama Jubilee
(uncredited)
Music by George L. Cobb
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
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Dated but significant
24 August 2006 | by faraaj-1See all my reviews

Jerry Lewis was a genius. After his partnership with Dean Martin (I recommend you read JL's excellent autobiography Dean & Me - A Love Story) ended and he made a few successful comedies just as an actor (notably with director Frank Tashlin), JL moved on to become star, writer and director.

His first film was supposed to be Cinderfella - a Christmas movie. But, the studio wanted a summer movie from him as well such was his popularity. So, while staying in Miami and engaged in live performances, he took out the time to write, star in and direct The Bellboy. In addition to all this, he invented the video-assist technique which is a standard tool today when making a movie. All this in four weeks. He went on to Las Vegas for further live performances where he did the editing.

The film itself, as the opening monologue frankly confesses is not about plot or any specific sequences. Its a series of comedic gags - snippets completely unrelated to each other. Some are funny, most are dated. Nothing to capture the magic of the Dean years or future classics from JL like The Nutty Professor. However, for fans of JL, it is required viewing. His facial contortions are brilliant. The DVD special features contain an act on stage with JL while rehearsing for the movie. Very nice.


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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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