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The Patsy (1964)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 July 1964 (Canada)
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An incompetent bellhop is recruited to fill in for a deceased comedian.


Jerry Lewis





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


When a star comedian dies, rather than letting anyone know, his comedy writers decide to find and teach an unknown to fill his shoes for a big show the comedian had been schedeled for. But the man they choose - bellboy, Stanley Belt - can't do anything right, and time's running out. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Jerry's a dumb-like-a-fox bellhop that some smart alecs manipulate into stardom...




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The Patsy was re-released on a double bill with another Jerry Lewis film, The Nutty Professor, in 1967. See more »


[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.
Ellen Betz: Mr. Lewis, ...
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Referenced in Svengoolie: The Beast with Five Fingers (2021) See more »


I Lost My Heart in a Drive-In Movie
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by David Raksin
Performed by Jerry Lewis
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Jerry Lewis plays the fall guy
16 September 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

An office boy is turned into the great new sensation - a 'patsy' of a committee of old timers. Jerry Lewis is Stanley Belt, a clumsy, dumb kind of a man who seems the perfect fall guy to generate income for those pulling the strings.

A strong supporting cast - Everett Sloane, Peter Lorre, Keenan Wynn, Phil Harris, John Carradine - shine in support of Lewis; while Ina Balin provides decoration and a love interest.

'The Patsy' is slightly self-indulgent and presents both the best and the worst of Jerry Lewis, although when it is funny, it is well worth watching - the piece where Lewis sings on television is hilarious.

If you're a Lewis fan, don't miss. If you're not, perhaps this isn't the one to start with. If you have no feelings either way, it is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, with some general interest for film buffs.

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Release Date:

17 July 1964 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Bellboy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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