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The Patsy (1964 film)

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Director  Jerry Lewis
Initial DVD release  October 12, 2004
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

6.8/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Comedy
Music director  David Raksin, Jack Brooks
Country  United States
The Patsy (1964 film) movie poster
Release date  August 12, 1964 (1964-08-12) (U.S.)
Writer  Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond
Cast  Jerry Lewis (Stanley Belt), Ina Balin (Ellen Betz), Everett Sloane (Caryl Fergusson), Phil Harris (Chic Wymore), Keenan Wynn (Harry Silver), Peter Lorre (Morgan Heywood)
Similar movies  King of the Hill, Night of the Cobra Woman

The Patsy is a 1964 American comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. It was released on August 12, 1964 by Paramount Pictures.


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A famous comedian perishes in a plane crash. Members of his management team, worried that they will be jobless, decide to find someone to take his place as their "meal ticket". Stanley Belt (Jerry Lewis) is a bellboy at their hotel and they decide he will become their next star.

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Stanley has no obvious talent, but his new managers use their power to open doors for him, including an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. It quickly appears that Stanley will never develop any talent and the managers fire him just before he goes on stage. However, one of them, Ellen (Ina Balin), has fallen in love with Stanley and stays by his side.

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Stanley becomes a hit on the show. The others from the management team come begging for their jobs back, and Stanley magnanimously agrees.


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  • Jerry Lewis as Stanley Belt
  • Everett Sloane as Caryl Fergusson
  • Phil Harris as Chic Wymore
  • Keenan Wynn as Harry Silver
  • Peter Lorre as Morgan Heywood
  • John Carradine as Bruce Alden
  • Ina Balin as Ellen Betz

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    This film contains cameos from a variety of Hollywood personalities including George Raft, Hedda Hopper, Ed Sullivan, Ed Wynn, Mel Tormé, Rhonda Fleming, Scatman Crothers, Phil Foster, Billy Beck, Hans Conried, Richard Deacon, Del Moore, Neil Hamilton, Buddy Lester, Nancy Kulp, Norman Alden, Jack Albertson, Richard Bakalyan, Jerry Dunphy, Kathleen Freeman, Norman Leavitt, Eddie Ryder, Lloyd Thaxton, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Fritz Feld.

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    In addition, Bill Richmond, who co-wrote the screenplay with Lewis, makes a cameo appearance in The Patsy as a piano player.

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    This was Peter Lorre's final film. He died in March 1964 prior to its release. This film and Lewis's The Disorderly Orderly, released a few months apart, were the final screen appearances of actor Everett Sloane.


    The film's working title was Son of Bellboy, as it was originally intended to be a sequel to The Bellboy. Lewis' characters in both films are bellboys named Stanley. It was filmed from January 6 to February 28, 1964.


    The Patsy was re-released on a double bill with another Jerry Lewis film, The Nutty Professor, in 1967.

    Home media

    The Patsy was released on DVD on October 12, 2004.

    The patsy outtakes


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