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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 film was released as a double bill with The Son of Captain Blood (1962) by Paramount in the United States. 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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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) 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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Amazing Cast, but Falls Short
30 March 2020 | by Ziglet_mirSee all my reviews

The Patsy boasts a fantastic cast but falls incredibly short. Lewis is rather cringeworthy in a handful of sequences here with the exception of about three skits (the ice in the beginning, the chair/seat sketch somewhere in the middle) and the finale). It's also worth mentioning Lewis was fantastic at breaking the 4th wall and using scene set-up and prop set-up rather masterfully. He just doesn't keep it consistent enough in this. It would also help if he didn't babble nonsense so much. Worth watching if your a fan of Lewis. Definitely doesn't crack his best work though.

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Release Date:

17 July 1964 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Bellboy See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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