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The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 1 February 1965 (Sweden)
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. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Frank Tashlin (screenplay), Norm Liebmann (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 John Macchia ... Orderly
Jack E. Leonard ... Fat Jack
Barbara Nichols ... Miss Marlowe
Muriel Landers ... Millicent
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Milton M. Mealy (as Frank Scannell)
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Storyline

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. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head of the sanitarium who almost becomes a patient after the antics of the frantic employee. When talkative patient Mrs. Fuzzibee happily and continuously relates her maladies to Jerome, he hilariously has psychosomatic symptoms that mirror those of the nutty woman. He discovers that his high school girl of his dreams, Susan Andrews has been brought to the sanitarium after a suicide attempt. He secretly pays for the destitute young woman's stay while helping to restore her confidence and self respect, much to the jealousy of his girlfriend, Julie Blair, a young and pretty nurse who has high hopes of becoming the future Mrs. Littlefield. Written by alfiehitchie

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Jerry's a mad medicine man on the ward-path in a hospital that should have known better! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tölpel vom Dienst See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Jerome is chasing the patient with the full-body cast, you can see the string attached to the cast that is pulling it down the hill. See more »

Quotes

Julie Blair: Can you drive an ambulance?
Nurse Higgins: Well, in the Army I drove a tank...
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Spoofed in Hudson Hawk (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Disorderly Orderly
by Earl Shuman and Leon Carr
Sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis thru the courtesy of Reprise Records
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Jerry Lewis at his silliest best
25 November 2002 | by Teenie-1See all my reviews

I can watch Jerry Lewis films over and over again and still get the full laugh effect. This one finds him as an orderly in a mental hospital (!) where he manages to fumble everything from breakfast to scrubbing the floors. He meets a destitute patient (Susan Oliver) and then the fun begins. These sequences provide a little of the film's serious side but overall the slapstick and Jerry's mugging are hilarious. Even the kids will get a hoot out of this. Highly recommended for family viewing.


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