The Patsy (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Patsy (1964)




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Jerry Lewis plays a dim-bulbed bellhop who, after an extraordinary series of events, finds himself being groomed to step into the comical shoes of one of the country's best young comedians.

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Jerry Lewis
as Stanley Belt
Everett Sloane
as Caryl Fergusson
Ina Balin
as Ellen Betz
Keenan Wynn
as Harry Silver
Phil Harris
as Chic Wymore
Peter Lorre
as Morgan Heywood
John Carradine
as Bruce Alden
Hans Conried
as Prof. MuleRRR
Richard Deacon
as Sy Devore
Scatman Crothers
as Shoeshine Boy
Del Moore
as Police Officer
Nancy Kulp
as Theatergoer
Lloyd Thaxton
as Disc Jockey
Norman Alden
as Bully at Gym
Gavin Gordon
as Executive on Golf Course
Jerome Cowan
as Executive
Harry Spear
as Salesman
June Smaney
as Pedicurist
Mabel Smaney
as Woman in Phone Booth
Robert May
as Fireworks Boy
John Macchia
as Student
Harry V. Cheshire
as Police Sergeant
Ed Rosa
as Band Leader
Joe Stabil
as Leader Musician
Michael Ross
as Truck Driver
Dave Lipp
as Frozen-Stare Man
Phil Arnold
as Bartender
Dee Jay Mattis
as The Broad
Terry Naylor
as Customer
William Leyden
as TV Announcer
Sam Weston
as Man on Phone
Jerry Hausner
as Floorman
Darlene Lucht
as Checkroom Girl
Quinn O'Hara
as Cigarette Girl
Fritz Feld
as Maitre D'
Clyde Adler
as Bald-Headed Man
Jerry Dexter
as Radio Newscaster
Bob Harvey
as Waiter
Bob Ivers
as Boys at Dance
Richard Bakalyan
as Boys at Dance
Fay DeWitt
as People at Party
Sheila Rogers
as People at Party
Eddie Ryder
as People at Party
Bob Denner
as Band Member
Don Brodie
as Bowler
Adele Claire
as Elderly Lady
Isabelle Dwan
as Elderly Lady
Billy Bletcher
as Table Captains at Italian Cafe
Byron Kane
as Table Captains at Italian Cafe
Bob Carson
as Table Captains at Italian Cafe
Marianne Gaba
as Waitress
Layne Maddox
as Waitress
William Enge
as Barbershop Porter
Rob Christian
as Barbershop Porter
J. Walter Smith
as Barbershop Porter
Bobby Johnson
as Barbershop Porter
Joey Johnson
as Barbershop Porter
Mantan Moreland
as Barbershop Porter
Hedda Hopper
as Herself
George Raft
as Himself
Mel Tormé
as Himself
Ed Wynn
as Himself
Vernon Scott
as Himself
Joe Finnegan
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Patsy

All Critics (10)

Who is Jerry Lewis, and why is he funny when he's serious and serious when he's funny?

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Jerry follows along the comedy lines of Chaplin, but with far less good results.

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Jerry Lewis romp has its rib tickles.

January 4, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

The Patsy reflects a genuine affection for the artisans and jacks-of-all-trades that make careers like Lewis's possible.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Slant Magazine

Frantic and over-produced, with the ungoverned star at his spastic worst.

June 8, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Fascinatingly made Lewis film. Too bad it's not very funny.

February 18, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Patsy

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Not very funny or even good for that matter. Jerry Lewis movies are usually better than this. (First and only viewing - 10/3/2014)

Adam R
Adam R

They simply want to make you a star. When a star comedian dies, his comedy team and producers decide to band together and try to turn a bellhop into his replacements. The bellhop is a huge work in progress as he has no rhythm, he's a bit of a scatter brain, and he has no sense of timing. They try to work with him, hire him teachers, and give him opportunities and he's a repeat failure. Will all their work go for not or can the bellhop become a star? "You really like the simple things, don't you?" "Yeah, the difficult ones always give me trouble." Jerry Lewis, director of The Nutty Professor, The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Family Jewels, One More Time, The Day the Clown Cried, and Cracking Up, delivers Patsy. The storyline for this picture is really not very good and fairly annoying. The characters are just okay and the script was mediocre. I also thought the acting was fairly mediocre and the cast includes Jerry Lewis, Peter Lorre, John Caradine, Everett Sloane, and Phil Harris. "You sound like a man with thirty good questions and never any answers." I DVR'd this picture because Peter Lorre starred in the movie and I generally enjoy his character. I have never been a fan of Jerry Lewis' brand of comedy as I generally find him annoying and not overly funny. This film was annoying but did contain an interesting love subplot. Overall, this was an average picture that I wouldn't go out of my way to see and is very outdated in terms of brand of comedy. "A star is born." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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