DirectorJerry Lewis Initial DVD releaseOctober 12, 2004 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateNovember 28, 1961 (1961-11-28) (U.S.) WriterJerry Lewis, Bill Richmond CastJerry Lewis (Morty S. Tashman), Brian Donlevy (Tom 'T.P.' Paramutual), Howard McNear (Dexter Sneak), Dick Wesson (The A.D.) Similar moviesRelated Jerry Lewis movies
TaglineFractures Hollywood with a Million Howls!
Jerry lewis the errand boy 1961
The Errand Boy is a 1961 American comedy film directed, co-written and starring Jerry Lewis.
Paramutual Pictures decide that they need a spy to find out the inner workings of their studio. Morty S. Tashman (Jerry Lewis), (the 'S' stands for 'scared'), is a paperhanger who happens to be working right outside their window. They decide that he is the man for the job and hire him on the spot. He bumbles his way through a series of misadventures, reporting everything back to the corporate executives.
Jerry Lewis as Morty S. Tashman
Brian Donlevy as Tom "T.P." Paramutual
Howard McNear as Dexter Sneak
Dick Wesson as The A. D.
Robert Ivers as Young NY director who argues with T.P.
Pat Dahl as Miss Carson
Renée Taylor as Miss Giles
Rita Hayes as Singer who dubs Davitt
Stanley Adams as Grumpy
Kathleen Freeman as Mrs. Helen Paramutual / Mrs. T.P.
Isobel Elsom as Irma Paramutual
Sig Ruman as Baron Elston Carteblanche
Felicia Atkins as Serina
Doodles Weaver as Weaver
Fritz Feld as Roaring 20's Director
Richard Bakalyan as The Studio Director (uncredited)
The cast of the western TV series Bonanza makes a cameo appearance.
Leo Durocher (baseball manager and player) gives a group of "studio kids" (actually the Dover Basketeers) a pep talk.
Joe Besser, a former member of the Three Stooges, has a bit part.
Production and releases
The Errand Boy was filmed from July 24 to September 1, 1961 and was released on November 28, 1961 by Paramount Pictures. In 1967, it was re-released on a double bill with another Jerry Lewis film, Cinderfella.