|Directed by||Jerry Lewis|
|Produced by||Jerry Lewis|
|Written by||Jerry Lewis|
|Music by||Walter Scharf|
|Cinematography||Haskell B. Boggs|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
836,783 admissions (France)
A studio executive (Jack Kruschen in an uncredited role) introduces the movie, explaining that it has no plot, but simply shows Stanley the hotel bellboy (played by Lewis) getting in one ridiculous situation after another, and that the movie is "so funny" before breaking out into hysterical laughter. Stanley does not speak, except at the very end of the movie. Lewis also appears in a speaking role playing himself escorted by a large entourage.
- Jerry Lewis as Stanley / Jerry Lewis
- Alex Gerry as Mr. Novak, Hotel Manager
- Bob Clayton as Bob, Bell Captain
- Sonnie Sands as Sonnie, Bellboy
Milton Berle was in town performing at another hotel while Lewis was shooting the picture and agreed to make an appearance as himself and in a dual role as another bellboy. Comedian (and future co-writer with Lewis on many of Jerry's subsequent films) Bill Richmond does several cameos as Stan Laurel. Professional golfer Cary Middlecoff, the "Golf Doctor," appeared as himself. Lewis also appears as a fictional version of himself (credited in the opening credits as "Joe Levitch", which is his birth name).
Principal photography took place from February 8 to March 5, 1960 and marked Jerry Lewis's debut as a director. Filming took place at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida; Lewis would film during the day and perform in the nightclub at night.
Before he began, Lewis consulted his friend Stan Laurel about the script. Since Laurel had worked in silent films and was a master of English pantomime, he offered suggestions. It is unknown if Lewis used any of Laurel's ideas in the production. But it is believed[who?] Lewis paid homage to the comic by naming his character 'Stanley' after him. A Stan Laurel lookalike character also appears throughout the story, portrayed by writer and impressionist Bill Richmond.
Paramount wanted to have a Jerry Lewis movie for summer release (in North America). The movie that it wanted to release was Cinderfella, which had finished shooting in December 1959. Lewis wanted to hold back the release of that movie for the Christmas 1960 holiday and Paramount only agreed if Jerry could deliver another movie for summer. Therefore, while playing an engagement in Miami Beach, Lewis came up with this.
The film grossed about $10 million in the USA alone.
U.S. and Canada rentals reached $3.7 million.
This film was released on DVD on October 12, 2004.
In popular culture
- This film is referenced by Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), and Captain Nagata (Tadanobu Asano), from the 2012 film, Battleship.
- This film is referenced in Four Rooms within Quentin Tarantino's segment.
- Box office information for film at Box Office Story
- Goyanes, Ily (August 26, 2010). "Celluloid City: Jerry Lewis Is The Bellboy at the Fontainebleau Hotel". MiamiNewTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Jerry Lewis At Work (included in the Paramount DVD release of The Nutty Professor
- Franich, Darren (October 6, 2013). "The Bellboy (1960)". Movie Tech Breakthroughs: 10 That Broke the Mold. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
Lewis wanted to be able to look at scenes even when he was on screen. So he used primordial video technology, putting a video camera next to the film camera. This system became known as video playback and was basically used by everyone in Hollywood, before everyone in Hollywood stopped shooting on film.
- Lewis, Jerry; Gluck, Herb (1982). Jerry Lewis In Person. New York: Atheneum. p. 226. ISBN 0-689-11290-4.
- "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47.
- "The Bellboy: Review of the DVD Video". DVDTalk.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Sachs, Ben (May 23, 2012). "Now playing: Battleship, which isn't quite terrible". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "The Bellboy". The Quentin Tarantino Archives Community. Forum.Tarantino.info. June 21, 2002. Retrieved 2013-10-08.