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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 HortonSee all Editorial Reviews
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First off, Lewis doesn't speak (not much, anyway) so that grating voice isn't a factor. Secondly, there's no plot--just sight gags. Flimsy, unlikely plots kill so many comedies, so it's a good thing Lewis avoided one here. And, finally, there's very little of Lewis's silly mugging, he seems pretty much unaffected by the events crashing around him and approaches each new situation with an almost Buster Keaton-like stoicism. So we're left with a comedy that often dips into surreal territory and in many ways (including its hotel setting) recalls the work of the great French writer/director/comedian Jacques Tati.
If you despise the goofy Jerry Lewis of the Martin and Lewis years or his subsequent solo work, you'll be pleasantly surprised by "The Bellboy."