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The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 February 1965 (Sweden)
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Medical student Jerome Littlefield works as an orderly at a private clinic where he creates havoc due to his ineptitude.


Frank Tashlin


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





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)


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 »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


The Interior was shot with the grand stair case and white hand carved hand rails. They were painted white to show it being a hospital, were almost ruined due to the white paint not coming off after shooting. It was lead based paint and had to be sand blasted to remove all the paint. See more »


When Jerome is loading the laundry onto the cart, he throws a bag and it goes over the cart and hits the wall on the other side. When the laundry hits the wall and door, the door and the entire wall shake revealing that it is obviously fake. See more »


Mr. Tuffington: [outlining hospital policy] No money - no bed!
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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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User Reviews

Slapstick Farce
2 February 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"The Disorderly Orderly" was a slapstick farce starring Jerry Lewis as Jerome Littlefield, a quirky little hospital employee. We can just guess all the trouble he gets into during the progression of the film.

"The Disorderly Orderly" has its moments, but fails to deliver anything solid. Jerry Lewis is just as annoying as ever, but that can be put aside for some of the laughs. Jerry Lewis and Jim Carrey fans will love this one, but it just didn't make me gasp.

3/5 stars -- decent, but not great.

John Ulmer

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Release Date:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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