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The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 February 1965 (Sweden)
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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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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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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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Jerome and Julie go out to dinner for spaghetti, he has a plate and she does not. When he finishes twirling the spaghetti into a big pile, her plate "magically" appears. See more »

Quotes

Julie Blair: Can you drive an ambulance?
Nurse Higgins: Well, in the Army I drove a tank...
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Connections

Featured in Jerry Lewis - König der Komödianten (2006) 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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CLASSIC JERRY; GOLD, JERRY! GOLD!
6 March 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE DISORDERLY ORDERLY (1964) *** Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, Kathleen Freeman, Jack E. Leonard. Very funny and frenzied comedy with our boy Jerry running amok in a private hospital and discovering a long-lost love recovering there. Some precious sight gags and one mother of a chase at the end.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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