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The Disorderly Orderly (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 1 February 1965 (Sweden)
When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Frank Tashlin (screenplay), Norm Liebmann (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Jerome Littlefield
Glenda Farrell ... Dr. Jean Howard
Susan Oliver ... Susan Andrews
Karen Sharpe ... Julie Blair
Kathleen Freeman ... Nurse Maggie Higgins
Everett Sloane ... Mr. Tuffington
Del Moore ... Dr. Davenport
Alice Pearce ... Mrs. Fuzzibee
Milton Frome ... Board Member
John Macchia John Macchia ... Orderly
Jack E. Leonard ... Fat Jack
Barbara Nichols ... Miss Marlowe
Muriel Landers ... Millicent
Frank J. Scannell Frank J. Scannell ... Milton M. Mealy (as Frank Scannell)
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Storyline

When he flunks out of med school, Jerome Littlefield goes to work as an orderly in a private rest home where he wreaks havoc for everyone concerned. Dr. Jean Howard is the exasperated head of the sanitarium who almost becomes a patient after the antics of the frantic employee. When talkative patient Mrs. Fuzzibee happily and continuously relates her maladies to Jerome, he hilariously has psychosomatic symptoms that mirror those of the nutty woman. He discovers that his high school girl of his dreams, Susan Andrews has been brought to the sanitarium after a suicide attempt. He secretly pays for the destitute young woman's stay while helping to restore her confidence and self respect, much to the jealousy of his girlfriend, Julie Blair, a young and pretty nurse who has high hopes of becoming the future Mrs. Littlefield. Written by alfiehitchie

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Jerry's a mad medicine man on the ward-path in a hospital that should have known better! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1965 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Tölpel vom Dienst See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Interior shot with the grand stair case with white hand carved hand rails. They were painted white to show it bring a hospital, were almost ruined do to the white paint would not come off shooting. It was lead base paint and had to be sand blasted to remove all the paint. See more »

Goofs

When Jerome is chasing the patient with the full-body cast, you can see the string attached to the cast that is pulling it down the hill. See more »

Quotes

Julie Blair: Can you drive an ambulance?
Nurse Higgins: Well, in the Army I drove a tank...
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Connections

References That's My Boy (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

The Disorderly Orderly
by Earl Shuman and Leon Carr
Sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis thru the courtesy of Reprise Records
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Jerry's Last Good Hurrah
3 April 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

By this Time in His Solo Career Jerry Lewis was Showing Signs of Slipping and the Usual Self Indulgence was Becoming a Bit Much for Discerning Movie Goers and this was the Comedian's Final Year to be a Box Office Star.

It is a Typical Mugfest for Jerry and with His Familiar Director and Friend Frank Tashlin to Help with the Ego, there is Much Emphasis on Elaborate Visuals for Lewis to Run Amok in and around. But a Number of Times the Whackiness Subsides for some Sentimental Claptrap that is Painful to Watch.

The Final Chase Sequence is Quite Good and Jerry has a Few Bits of Inspiration Throughout and this was the Last Movie that could be called a Fine Film as the Remainder of His Output was Decisively Poor.

Note: Jerry Lewis was outstanding in a straight role in Martin Scorsese's King of Comedy (1982), one of his best performances on screen.


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