Who's Minding the Store?

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Who's Minding the Store?
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Produced by Paul Jones
Written by Frank Tashlin
Harry Tugend
Starring Jerry Lewis
Jill St. John
Agnes Moorehead
Ray Walston
Kathleen Freeman
John McGiver
Music by Joseph J. Lilley
Cinematography W. Wallace Kelley
Edited by John Woodcock
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 28, 1963 (1963-11-28)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office 1,414,588 admissions (France)[1]

Who's Minding the Store? is a comedy film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Jerry Lewis.[2] It was released on November 28, 1963, by Paramount Pictures.


The rich Mrs. Tuttle (Agnes Moorehead) is upset that her daughter Barbara (Jill St. John) is engaged to a man beneath their social stature, Norman Phiffier (Jerry Lewis).

Phiffier, a dog walker, is as awkward socially as he is physically. Mrs. Tuttle despises Phiffier but she arranges for him to get a job at one of her stores. She directs the store manager, Quimby (Ray Walston), to assign Phiffier a series of impossible and outrageous tasks, hoping he will become frustrated and quit, proving to her daughter that he is worthless. Instead, he becomes more driven and determined, and Quimby realizes that "he's a man of character".

Barbara has been keeping her heiress status to the Tuttle Department Store fortune a secret from Phiffier, knowing he is a proud person who refuses to marry her until he can afford to buy her a home. When her identity as an heiress is revealed, Phiffier breaks off the engagement and quits, returning to his previous job as dog walker.

Phiffier in this way does prove his worth to Mrs. Tuttle and she accepts him into her family.


Who's Minding the Store? was filmed from March 25 to May 22, 1963.[citation needed]


Notable facts[edit]

  • The scene in which Fritz Feld feeds Lewis a delicacy of fried ants actually contained genuine fried ants, a fact that Lewis was unaware of until after the scene was over.
  • The film's poster can be seen in the background of Jerry's film, The Patsy when Ina Balin gets into a phone booth to call Jerry's character, Stanley Belt.
  • The French actor Christopher Lambert, known for his major roles in Highlander and Luc Besson's Subway, played an uncredited role in this movie.
  • Part of the musical score from the typewriter scene was used as a title theme for the German comedy series Büro, Büro.

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 27, 2012.[3][4]

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