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The second of Jerry Lewis' directorial endeavors, The Errand Boy, like its predecessor Jerry Lewis, is essentially a series of "spot gags," some hilarious, others only moderately amusing. The gossamer-thin plot finds Morty Tashman (Lewis) being hired by the CEO of "Paramutuel Pictures" (Brian Donlevy) to spy on studio employees and report any incidents of wastefulness and sloth. This gives Morty a chance to wander all over the Paramutuel Pictures lot, inadvertently interfering with work in progress, encountering strange characters and inexplicable events, and overall making as much of a nuisance of himself as possible. Some of the better gags include Morty's chaotic behavior at the "wrap party" for a vainglorious movie queen (Iris Adrian); his attempts to eat lunch while a noisy battle scene from a war picture rages all around him; his misguided effort to dub in the singing voice of a tone-deaf actress; the "Mr. Baebrosenthal" bit; and Morty's tete-a-tete in the studio swimming pool with a scuba diver. The weakest scenes involve Morty's sugary encounters with the Ritts Puppets, and a smug curtain speech about the importance of laughmakers in this troubled world. The huge supporting cast includes such reliable chucklemeisters as Howard McNear, Sig Ruman, Milton Frome, Benny Rubin, Fritz Feld, Doodles Weaver, Joey Forman, Dick Wesson and Joe Besser; also making fleeting appearances are actress/writer/director Renee Taylor, veteran movie tough guy Mike Mazurki (in drag!), silent film comic Snub Pollard, and the four stars from TV's Snub Pollard. Even non-Jerry Lewis fans will come down with a case of loose chuckles while watching The Errand Boy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Jerry Lewis
as Morty S. Tashman
Brian Donlevy
as Mr. T.P.
Howard McNear
as Dexter Sneak
Dick Wesson
as The AD
Robert Ivers
Renée Taylor
as Miss Giles
Pat Dahl
as Miss Carson
Stanley Adams
as Grumpy
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. T.P.
Isobel Elsom
as Irma Paramutual
Sig Rumann
as Baron Elston Carteblanche
Felicia Atkins
as Serina
Doodles Weaver
as Man on scaffold
Fritz Feld
as Foreign Director
Kenneth MacDonald
as Mr. Fumble
Joey Forman
as Jedson
Iris Adrian
as Great Actress
Del Moore
as MC
David Landfield
as Lance
Murray Alper
Richard Bakalyan
Don "Red" Barry
Jan Bradley
Harry V. Cheshire
Booth Colman
Milton Frome
Barry Livingston
Sally Mansfield
Mike Mazurki
as Blonde "Movie Siren"
Quinn O'Hara
Sherwood Price
Mary Ritts
as Herself
Benny Rubin
Frank Scannell
Mary Treen
Herb Vigran
Dick Wessel
as The A.D.
Dick Winslow
Theodora Davitt
Jean Engstrom
Judy Howard
Hal Rand
Caroline Richter
Roscoe Ates
Dan Blocker
as Himself
Lorne Greene
as Himself
Pernell Roberts
as Himself
Michael Landon
as himself
Connie Cezon
Michael Landon
as himself
Pernell Roberts
as Himself
Dick Wessel
as The A.D.
Lorne Greene
as Himself
Dan Blocker
as Himself
Mary Ritts
as Herself
Mike Mazurki
as Blonde "Movie Siren"

Crew

Jerry Lewis
Director
Jerry Lewis
Screenwriter
Jerry Lewis
Songwriter
Walter Scharf
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Arthur Lonergan
Art Director
Ed Pine
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Charles Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
Hugo Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Axness
First Assistant Director
Nick Castle
Choreography
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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