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The Patsy (1964)

Approved | | Comedy | 18 September 1964 (West Germany)
When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Lewis ... Stanley Belt / Singers of the Trio
Ina Balin ... Ellen Betz
Everett Sloane ... Caryl Fergusson
Phil Harris ... Chic Wymore
Keenan Wynn ... Harry Silver
Peter Lorre ... Morgan Heywood
John Carradine ... Bruce Arden
Hans Conried ... Prof. Mulerr
Richard Deacon ... Sy Devore
Scatman Crothers ... Shoeshine Boy (as Scat Man Crothers)
Del Moore ... Policeman
Neil Hamilton ... The Barber
Buddy Lester ... Copa Café MC
Nancy Kulp ... Helen, Theatergoer
Lloyd Thaxton ... Lloyd
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Storyline

When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do anything right. The big TV show is getting closer, and Stanley gets worse all the time. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Bellboy See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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[Ina Balin, as Ellen, is bawling after seeing Jerry's character Stanley fall over the balcony of his apartment. Jerry Lewis appears from the right, behind her]
Stanley Belt: Aren't you overacting a little bit, Miss Bawling... Balin... Balin? It's a movie, you see? I'm fine. Uh, the people in the theater know I ain't gonna die. Here, it's a movie stage. Here, look at this, see? There's wires and lights and I'm gonna make more movies, so I couldn't die. It's like a "make-believe." It's a dumb city.
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Jerry's Thinking More than Usual in this Deep Display of Nuttiness
27 July 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

The Prolific, Near-Genius, Self-Indulgent, and as Always Self-Referential Jerry Lewis is at it Again. Pushing Film Conventions just a Nudge, not Over the Edge, Never Wanting to be Totally Dismissed and Forever Seeking Approval, He Managed to be Creative as well as, Like Most Comedians, Inconsistent.

Jerry's Fans Rate this One Pretty HIgh, some Considering it His Best along with The Nutty Professor (1963). It is Deeper than His Other Movies and Lewis, who was a Constant Thinker, seemed to be Thinking Overtime on this One.

Like All Jerry Lewis Movies this has some Very Funny Bits and His Comic Timing is in Evident Here with a Scene Involving Voice Lessons and Antiques. The Sight Gags in Jerry's Movies are Consistently Innovative and Succeed without Fail, One after Another.

Armed with an All-Star Supporting Cast and a Number of Cameos, the Perennial Clown just might have Reached too Far on this One because in this Film when it is Embarrassing (most Jerry Lewis Films include cringe-inducements) it is Really Embarrassing, like in the Nightclub Scene.

Overall, this is One of Jerry's more Ambitious Movies and Probably One of HIs Best, although that's Debatable. Still if You are one of those that can Only take a Smattering of the Jerry Lewis Charm, this is Probably one You should Check Out. It's got it All.


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