- The Patsy (1964 film)
name = The Patsy
caption = "The Patsy" Theatrical Poster
Ernest D. Glucksman
writer = Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis Everett Sloane Phil Harris Keenan Wynn Peter Lorre John Carradine
music = Jack Brooks (lyrics)
W. Wallace Kelley
August 12, 1964 (US)
runtime = 101 min.
country = US
language = English
amg_id = 1:37444
imdb_id = 0058456
"The Patsy" is a 1964 film directed by and starring
Jerry Lewis. It was released on August 12, 1964by Paramount Pictures.
A famous comedian perishes in a plane crash and his management team, worried that they will be jobless, decide to find someone else to take his place as their "meal ticket". Stanley Belt (
Jerry Lewis) is a bellboy at the hotel at which they are staying and they decide that he will become the next superstar.
Although Stanley has no obvious talent, his new managers use their power to open doors for him, including an appearance on "
The Ed Sullivan Show". However, it quickly appears that Stanley will never have talent and the management teams fires him just before he goes on stage. However, one of the management team, Ellen ( Ina Balin) has fallen in love with Stanley and stays by his side.
Stanley becomes a hit on the show, and the rest of the management team beg for their jobs back, to which Stanley magnanimously agrees.
The film's working title was "Son of Bellboy", as it was originally intended to be a sequel to "
The Bellboy". In fact, Lewis' characters in both films are named Stanley. It was filmed from January 6to February 28, 1964.
Jerry Lewisas Stanley Belt: a bellboy turned into a superstar by his management team. Everett Sloaneas Caryl Fergusson. Phil Harrisas Chic Wymore. Keenan Wynnas Harry Silver. Peter Lorreas Morgan Heywood. This was Peter Lorre's final film. He died in March 1964 prior to the film's release. John Carradineas Bruce Alden. Ina Balinas Ellen Betz: the only member of Stanley's management team to stick by him. The character of Ellen becomes romantically involved with Stanley as the plot develops.
This film contains cameos from a variety of Hollyood personalities including
George Raft, Hedda Hopper, Ed Sullivan, Ed Wynn, Mel Tormé, Rhonda Fleming, Scatman Crothers, 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, and Fritz Feld.
In addition, Bill Richmond, who co-wrote the screenplay with Lewis, makes a cameo appearance in "The Patsy" as a piano player.
This film was re-released on a double bill with another
Jerry Lewisfilm, " The Nutty Professor", in 1967.
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