The Errand Boy (1961)




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The second of Jerry Lewis' directorial endeavors, The Errand Boy, like its predecessor The Bellboy, is essentially a series of "spot gags," some hilarious, others only moderately amusing. The gossamer-thin plot finds Morty Tashman (Lewis) being hired by the CEO of "Paramutuel Pictures" (Brian Donlevy) to spy on studio employees and report any incidents of wastefulness and sloth. This gives Morty a chance to wander all over the Paramutuel Pictures lot, inadvertently interfering with work in progress, encountering strange characters and inexplicable events, and overall making as much of a nuisance of himself as possible. Some of the better gags include Morty's chaotic behavior at the "wrap party" for a vainglorious movie queen (Iris Adrian); his attempts to eat lunch while a noisy battle scene from a war picture rages all around him; his misguided effort to dub in the singing voice of a tone-deaf actress; the "Mr. Baebrosenthal" bit; and Morty's tete-a-tete in the studio swimming pool with a scuba diver. The weakest scenes involve Morty's sugary encounters with the Ritts Puppets, and a smug curtain speech about the importance of laughmakers in this troubled world. The huge supporting cast includes such reliable chucklemeisters as Howard McNear, Sig Ruman, Milton Frome, Benny Rubin, Fritz Feld, Doodles Weaver, Joey Forman, Dick Wesson and Joe Besser; also making fleeting appearances are actress/writer/director Renee Taylor, veteran movie tough guy Mike Mazurki (in drag!), silent film comic Snub Pollard, and the four stars from TV's Bonanza. Even non-Jerry Lewis fans will come down with a case of loose chuckles while watching The Errand Boy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Mike Mazurki
as Blonde `Movie Siren'
Jerry Lewis
as Morty S. Tashman
Renée Taylor
as Miss Giles
Brian Donlevy
as Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual
Iris Adrian
as Great Actress
Isobel Elsom
as Irma Paramutual
Lorne Greene
as Guest Star
Pernell Roberts
as Guest Star
Richard Bakalyan
as Jason, Anastasia's Director
Michael Landon
as Guest Star
Joe Besser
as Man Watching Rushes
Howard McNear
as Dexter Sneak
Dick Wesson
as The A.D.
Kenneth MacDonald
as Mr. Fumble
Michael Ross
as Big Man in Elevator
Dick Wessel
as The A.D.
Mary Treen
as Commissary Cashier
William Wellman Jr.
as Actor / Lover in Film
Stanley Adams
as Grumpy
Dan Blocker
as Guest Star
Fritz Feld
as Foreign Director
Herb Vigran
as Cigar Smoker in Elevator
Phil Arnold
as Babe Rosenwald
Milton Frome
as Mr. Greenbag
Doodles Weaver
as Man on scaffold
Pat Dahl
as Miss Carson
Rita Hayes
as Singer
Robert Ivers
as Young NY Director Who Argues with T.P.
Benny Rubin
as Mr. Wabenlotnee
Joey Forman
as Jedson
Sig Rumann
as Baron Elston Carteblanche
Sally Mansfield
as Minor Role
Mary Ritts
as Herself
Caroline Richter
as Minor Role
Mickey Manners
as Minor Role
Paul Ritts
as Himself
as Puppeteer
Hank Ladd
as Minor Role
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Critic Reviews for The Errand Boy

All Critics (9)

Jerry Lewis screwball comedy is tedious, lacks kid appeal.

Full Review… | December 16, 2014
Common Sense Media

The skeleton of Hollywood, half fakery and half magic

Full Review… | February 5, 2010

The film is a series of sight gags, with not too many hitting the mark.

Full Review… | July 22, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The self-reflectivity of The Errand Boy is so pervasive it truly becomes the content of the film.

Full Review… | October 13, 2004
Slant Magazine

One of Lewis' more successful efforts.

March 8, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Apesar do fraco roteiro, que se resume a uma série de quadros mal-amarrados, o filme contém seqüências inspiradas que se encontram entre as melhores da carreira de Lewis.

February 4, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Errand Boy

Trying to r3reate the "success" he had in The Bellboy, Lewis flops with this film. A couple of amusing scenes but overall it just doesn't work.

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

My favorite movie of Jerry' funny and you can't beat the boardroom scene set to music...classic!!

Tiffany T
Tiffany T

I don't like Jerry Lewis or his movies,but I do admire his charity work & his MD marathons. I did watch this to see if I would change my mind about him,but it didn't.

D'Anna Nemitz
D'Anna Nemitz

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