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on 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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on September 1, 2003
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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on October 15, 2005
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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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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on 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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on January 5, 2006
Chaplin. Tati. Lewis.

Keaton. Allen. Lewis.

Sandler. Schneider. Lewis.

Jerry Lewis is the last word in movie comedy. And The Bellboy, in all its black and white and wordless glory, is the best of them all.

Even better than Hardly Working.
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on September 29, 2015
Good, Bad or indifferent - whatever your opinion of Jerry lewis - this is one of the best of his films made at the peak of his solo popularity and creativity. There is no plot - it says so right at the start - but rather a series of well-timed comedy vignettes that bend reality and celebrity in just the right way set at the real-life Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.
Among the tremendous sight gags, which is perfectly executed, is his is arrival at the hotel (with full entourage) as the "real" Jerry Lewis - in a Limo-themed variation of clowns exiting the car, A similar gag done in the dining room/lunch counter - wherein the joke reveal was forced by an edit is one of the few disappointing moments.
Also, for those not attuned to Mr. Lewis' particular vocal register - he speaks very little in the film - which is the source of much of the comedy.
Have fun, go back in time to a simpler era and enjoy "The Bellboy!"
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on December 28, 2013
Wanted to relive some childhood movies, so returned to a Jerry Lewis movie for which I still have some faint memories. Wasn't disappointed and, in fact, I just might watch it again in the near future, rather than to wait another 50 years! Jerry's facial expressions, and his body contortions, are hilarious, which is why I enjoy him so much.
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Paramount planned to release "Cinderfella" in the summer of 1960. However, Jerry Lewis thought the movie would do better at Christmas. Jerry persuaded Paramount to delay the release of "Cinderfella" until Christmas, but only if Jerry Lewis could come up with another movie for summer release. Lewis decided to film a movie at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami, improvising the script as he went along. The movie has no real plot; it just follows a bell boy as he works at the hotel over a course of days, or perhaps weeks.

Jerry Lewis as the bellboy does not speak throughout the movie. There is a point where Jerry Lewis visits the hotel as himself, and he speaks lines then, but as the bellboy his only lines are at the end of the movie. Thus, most of the movie is sight gags. Many of the gags fall flat, and some are unimaginable today, such as when Jerry gets on a large commercial jet and takes off and lands in it. However, when the gags work they are hilarious.

Hidden in this movie are a number of cameos that are worth noting. For golf fans there is Cary Middlecoff. Walter Winchell distinctively narrates. Jack Weston, then President of Paramount Pictures, makes an appearance. Milton Berle also has a brief part.

This movie is very short at 71 minutes. The lack of a plot makes it a sort of novelty movie, being a series of vignettes tied together by Jerry Lewis's presence. However, the movie works. There are enough funny scenes to make up for the duds. Jerry Lewis had to be brave to attempt a movie that was unlike anything else being done at the time. We are left to laugh at the result.
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on 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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