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The Bellboy (1960)

Jerry Lewis , Alex Gerry , Jerry Lewis  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton, Sonny Sands, Eddie Shaeffer
  • Directors: Jerry Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002NY8RQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bellboy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Archival materials
  • Theatrical trailer

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Product Description

Although he's quiet, Stanley does have a tendency to work with a slapstick style that includes various amusing facial expressions. When famous actor Jerry Lewis comes to stay at the hotel, people around Stanley notice the strange resemblance between the actor and Stanley and this causes Lewis to have trouble with his entourage.

Jerry Lewis was at the height of his popularity when he took his first directing credit, on The Bellboy, which turned out to be a huge hit and one of his funniest movies. But it wasn't business as usual: The Bellboy has no storyline, and the central character (a bellhop at the fantastically ornate Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami) executes his role essentially without speaking. Some of the gags are duds or dated, but the good ones are great: Jerry's anxious stroll across a cavernous, empty ballroom, and a small masterpiece involving four telephones at a reception desk. There's also a hilarious sequence in which the movie star "Jerry Lewis" comes to the hotel, which gives Lewis a chance to speak ("Stop with the brushing!"). The Bellboy is very short at 71 minutes, but contains essential proof of Lewis's gifts as comedian and director. --Robert Horton

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beginning September 1, 2003
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This film occurred when Jerry Lewis needed a summer movie, Paramount wanted to release "Cinderfella", but Lewis insisted that wait for the Christmas season. Therefore, on a shoe-string budget he created his first masterpiece as actor, director, producer, and writer all on one film (with "The Ladies' Man", "The Nutty Professor", and other notables to follow). The film promises--from the beginning--to be about "fun", no more, no less. Indeed, it is pretty much a romp through sketches involving Stanley, a bellboy. Nevertheless, Lewis couldn't help added some social commentary, and the scene where he plays himself is among one of cinema's finest moments. Certainly not his best work--overall--but a great start to what is a lavish solo career.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny for its time :-) April 12, 2008
By today's standards, this may not be considered an outrageously funny movie - back in the day, I can see that this would have been hilarious. I really love Jerry Lewis and it's one of the better roles I've seen him in. He doesn't have too much of a dialogue in this - whenever he is playing the bellboy character Stanley, he only whistles and uses his facial expressions to emote his clumsiness.
The only scene where I truly laughed out loud, was when he was in charge of the bellboy desk for a short time and one of the four phones would ring. Do you think he knew which phone to answer? Of course not. Other than that, it was good throughout but just not as funny as I would have hoped. He is a genius for sure, but I prefer him doing his crazy voices. Even so, I'd recommed this to his fans, as I'm sure they'll definately enjoy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bellboy December 1, 2007
The start of the funny parodies. Every scene is funny, Lewis has very different versatile roles in this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jerry Lewis Classic! July 29, 2004
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I'm so happy they are finally releasing this on DVD. It is one of Jerry Lewis' best films.

Now keep in mind, this is a Jerry Lewis film, and I realize that some people just don't "Get" Jerry Lewis. If you are one of those people, this film is NOT for you. Oddly enough his early films with Dean Martin don't fall into this category, but that's another story.

You could almost compare this film to an episode of Sienfeld. It's a movie about nothing. There is no big plot, and there is no central event. It's essentially a look at life in a fancy hotel through the eyes of a simple minded bellboy.

A true test of an actor's skills is the way they can get a message across without speaking. In this film, the bellboy doesn't speak. It's not a silent movie, everyone else around him speaks and in many cases, shouts, at the bellboy. They bark out orders, order him around but they don't speak WITH him, or seem to care what he has to say.

One of the more interesting things about this film is seeing Jerry Lewis play himself, as a movie star guest of the hotel. You get to see an entirely different character.

There are very few Jerry Lewis DVDs out. I hope this is the first of many.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bellboy is a Swell Joy!! October 15, 2005
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Another fabulous Jerry Lewis gem from his Paramount years! The sight gags are still funny to this day. If you enjoy the fun of Jerry Lewis then don't miss this one!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bellboy January 15, 2007
This is a hilarious movie about a few months in the life of a young quiet bellboy who does not say much at all. It has many different situations that the poor guy goes through, like giving the guests a car engine from their "trunk". This movie will have you rolling on the floor laughing at all the silly things that go on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bellboy August 12, 2007
Too funny!! 25+people getting out of one car...twin stars/bellboys...the Stanley gag...the invisible apple...Jerry Lewis is as great as he is silly! I really enjoy his movies especially when I need to laugh he is right on time with the comedy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic finally on DVD! December 24, 2004
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This has always been one of my favorites and this DVD does not disappoint. A very clean version in glorious black and white. The whole film is one skit after another in a big hotel about Stanley/Jerry (without saying a word until the very end) messing up one way or another. No running plot, but it works!

The audio commentary could be better, especially since Jerry Lewis did it himself. Steve Lawrence apparently was part of the commentary team because he laughs at everything Jerry says or does in the film. He added nothing to the commentary. But still, I'm grateful to have Jerry's comments about anything at all on the film, such as how he found the people to work and act in the film. His comments regarding Stan Laurel (his double appeared throughout the film) were quite nice.

There are also a lot of other extras ("Archival Materials"): movie trailer, rehearsal clips, blooper, dropped scenes, promo clips. There's even some home video (with commentary by Jerry's son) on Jerry's bus tour around the country to promote the film.

For the price, this is a real keeper for a Jerry Lewis fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - classic Jerry Lewis! Definitely ahead of his time!!
Brilliant - classic Jerry Lewis! Definitely ahead of his time!! This should be a required movie for all people in film studies to see...
Published 3 months ago by Amazing Grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
One of the best movies from Jerry Lewis. I've been looking for this movie for a while and it was nice to find a good quality copy with a good price.
Published 5 months ago by Robert C. Schrader III
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry at his best
Jerry Lewis my all time favorite comedian, shines in this movie as a clumsy bell boy. There are some funny and entertaining moments in this movie, Jerry leading the orchestra, the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by edward buchanan
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerry's a genius
He barely speaks and it doesn't diminish the comedy. His genius is all over this film. Great for the whole family.
Published 7 months ago by Buckeye Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Have to give it five stars - I was in it.
I was an extra in four or five scenes. I had a speaking part as a desk clerk, telling Jerry to take a message to Corinne Calvet. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Samuel A. Younghans
3.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lewis at his best
If you like slapstick comedy, this is a good one to watch. I was afraid it might be a little dated for our kids today, but they picked up on the humorous situations just the same!
Published 8 months ago by Robert S Swigert
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie
It may be isblack and white but it is one of the best movie Jerry Lewis ever made And hardly said a word
Published 9 months ago by Chris L. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Love Jerry Lewis Movies
Wanted to relive some childhood movies, so returned to a Jerry Lewis movie for which I still have some faint memories. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My family's favorite!
This is hands-down my favorite Jerry Lewis movie!! It's also my family's favorite - we love it - we watch it every chance we get!
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars don't bother.
Blah. Not one of the funniest of Jerry's movies... shot in B&W, I wasnt impressed. There are better Lewis movies actually worth $2.99.
Published 11 months ago by Big Daddy Mick
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