The Bellboy
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Jerry Lewis now claims that his film directorial debut came about when his home studio, Paramount, needed a summer-release Lewis vehicle in a hurry. Jerry and his entourage headed to the Fountainbleu hotel in Miami Beach, and 29 days later returned with The Bellboy. As narrator Walter Winchell (and an actor pretending to be a Paramount executive in a pre-credits bit) explain, the film has no plot and no point; it merely exists for the audience's enjoyment. Lewis plays nebbishy bellhop Stanley, a nonspeaking bumbler who alternates between screwing up and taking his job too seriously. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"For my meager money, Jerry Lewis' best & one of funniest all-time comedies."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"The Bellboy is nearly silent, in what could easily be taken as a nod toward French comedy titan Jacques Tati."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Jerry at his rawest and most creative."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of Lewis' more successful outings."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"In spite of all the French jokes, Jerry Lewis' directorial debut, The Bellboy (1960), is nothing less than a masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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