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The Errand Boy (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | 24 November 1961 (USA)
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A goofy paperhanger is hired to root out a financial inefficiency on a Hollywood studio lot, wreaking havoc as he goes.

Director:

Jerry Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Morty S. Tashman
Brian Donlevy ... Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual
Howard McNear ... Dexter Sneak
Dick Wesson ... The A.D.
Robert Ivers ... Young NY Director Who Argues with T.P.
Pat Dahl Pat Dahl ... Miss Carson
Renée Taylor ... Miss Giles
Rita Hayes Rita Hayes ... Singer Who Dubs Davitt
Stanley Adams ... Grumpy
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Helen Paramutual / Mrs. T.P.
Isobel Elsom ... Irma Paramutual
Sig Ruman ... Baron Elston Carteblanche
Felicia Atkins ... Serina
Doodles Weaver ... Weaver
Fritz Feld ... Busby - Roaring '20s Director
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Storyline

Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going, so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr. Sneak and gets a job in the mail room so that he can have access to the lot. But all that Morty ever finds is that he can cause havoc no matter what he does. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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It's the Nut - At His Nuttiest! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A scene of note with Jerry Lewis chewing out an imaginary board room, all done in mime with music background, the music is "Blues in Hoss' Flat" popularised by the Count Basie and His Orchestra. A recording of it can be heard in Basie's March 1960 Paris concert, and there may be other recordings of it as well. See more »

Goofs

The diver writes a question to the title character but omits the apostrophe from "DON'T". See more »

Quotes

Morty S. Tashman: Do you smoke ma'am?
[Bubblegum Blower in Elevator shakes her head]
Morty S. Tashman: Thank heavens.
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Connections

Featured in Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten (2006) See more »

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Blues in Hoss' Flat
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Music by Count Basie and Frank Foster
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Anti-Hollywood / Pro-Success
31 March 2005 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

One of the first of many Jerry Lewis comedies that Paramount (Paramutual) Studios would produce throughout the late 50's and 60's. I disappointment to not have the movie in color, the black and white not only shows the movie's early roots, but the classic Hollywood esq. that the movie takes place in. In many ways, the movie opens and closes poking fun at the Hollywood system and the people in it. The ending showcases a moral that if you are in the right place at the right time and that you know the right people, you too can make it in Hollywood. \ Jerry Lewis has many moments throughout the movie. Many if not all re comical. His childlike qualities gives Lewis the reputation that he can do no wrong. Like most Jerry Lewis movies, he is not the only highlight. All of his movies have a strong central cast without any weak links. All the supporting characters (funny or not) are terrific. An interesting scene with the New York based filmmaker. In a way, it shows the different ethic that east coast has compared to the west coast. One of the more interesting parts of the movie, it is far from anything comical. It makes me wonder why Jerry Lewis included it in the film.....being from the east coast himself.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De golpe en golpe See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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