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The Patsy (1964)

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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Comedy

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plane crash scene at the beginning of the movie was taken from The Mountain (1956). See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A tale told by an idiot
23 July 2001 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

In this celluloid atrocity Jerry Lewis moviestar/filmmaker/screenwriter/egomaniac at large rips off his former director Frank Tashlin's "The Girl Can't Help It," substituting himself for Jayne Mansfield and surrounding himself with a phalanx of veteran performers (Peter Lorre, John Carradine, Phil Harris, Keenan Wynn, and for that extra touch of "Citizen Kane," Everett Sloane) in an apparent attempt to make himself look classier, or funnier, or something. Whatever he was trying to do with this picture, it didn't work.


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