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The Patsy Details


Toward the end of Jerry Lewis's Paramount studio period, Lewis slapped together this bitter comedy about Hollywood phoniness and fame that has to be the most rancid portrait of the Hollywood star system in the Rat Pack era this side of Clifford Odets. When a famous entertainer suddenly is killed in an airplane crash, his team of flunkies -- producer Caryl Fergusson (Everett Sloane), writer Chic Wymore (Phil Harris), press agent Harry Silver (Keenan Wynn), director Morgan Heywood (Peter Lorre in his final film role), valet Bruce Alden (John Carradine), and secretary Ellen Betz (Ina Balin) -- decide to continue their life style by finding a complete unknown and manufacturing him into a Hollywood star. That unknown turns out to be the nervous and inept bellboy Stanley Belt (Jerry Lewis). They train Stanley to become an over-night singing sensation, and despite a disastrous recording session and a failed nightclub performance, the public relations blitz makes Stanley's recording of "I Lost My Heart in a Drive-In Movie" a smash single. So much so that Stanley is given a shot at appearing on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Expecting the worst, Stanley's management team abandons him right before his performance. But Stanley musters up enough confidence to go on the live program alone and manages to surprise his pessimistic ex-staff. A collection of Hollywood celebrities circa 1964 --George Raft, Ed Wynn, Ed Sullivan, Mel Torme, Rhonda Fleming and Hedda Hopper -- make cameo appearances. High spots include an apocalyptic music lesson with voice teacher Dr. Mule-rrr (Hans Conried), Ed Sullivan performing a bizarre impersonation of himself, and an ending that would make even Jean-Luc Godard blush. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Jerry Lewis
as Stanley Belt
Ina Balin
as Ellen Betz
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
Hans Conried
as Prof. MuleRRR
Phil Foster
as Himself
Richard Deacon
as Sy Devore
Neil Hamilton
as Barber
Scatman Crothers
as Shoeshine Boy
Del Moore
as Police Officer
Nancy Kulp
as Theatergoer
Fritz Feld
as Maitre D'
Jerome Cowan
as Executive
Henry Slate
as Paul
Herbie Faye
as Tailor
Isabelle Dwan
as Elderly Lady
Jerry Hausner
as Floorman
Joan Swift
as Girl
Joe Finnegan
John Gallaudet
as Barney
John Marlowe
June Smaney
as Pedicurist
Adele Claire
Lorraine Crawford
as Manicurist
Mabel Smaney
as Woman in Phone Booth
Marianne Gaba
Murray Alper
Norman Alden
as Bully at Gym
Peggy Mondo
as Bowler
Quinn O'Hara
as Cigarette Girl
Richard Bakalyan
as Boys at Dance
Barbara Pepper
Sherwood Price
as Bellboy
Vernon Scott
Mantan Moreland
as Barbershop Porter
Gavin Gordon
as Executive on Golf Course
Hedda Hopper
as Herself
Norman Leavitt
as Newsboy
Harry V. Cheshire
as Police Sergeant
Mel Tormé
as Himself
George Raft
as Himself
Kathleen Freeman
as Katie
Jack Albertson
as Man
Ed Wynn
as Himself
Billy Bletcher
Don Brodie
Eddie Ryder
as People at Party
Fay deWitt
Billy Beck
as Band Member
Bobby Johnson
Buddy Lester
as M.C.
Byron Kane
Darlene Lucht
as Checkroom Girl
Dave Lipp
as Frozen-Stare Man
Dave Willock
as Alex


Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
David Raksin
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Cary O'Dell
Art Director
Ray Moyer
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Hugo Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Axness
First Assistant Director
Wally Westmore