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Blame It on the Bellboy

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Brevity may be the soul of wit, but that doesn't make the 79-minute Blame It on the Bellboy any funnier. Orton Dudley Moore is an ambitious real estate agent. Horton Richard Griffiths is a middle-aged married man looking for extracurricular activity via a dating service. And Lawton Bryan Brown is a professional hit man. Orton, Horton and Lawton all check into adjoining rooms at a posh Venetian hotel. Bellboy Bronson Pinchot, whose grasp of the English language is virtually nonexistent, delivers the wrong messages...
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Overview

Brevity may be the soul of wit, but that doesn't make the 79-minute Blame It on the Bellboy any funnier. Orton Dudley Moore is an ambitious real estate agent. Horton Richard Griffiths is a middle-aged married man looking for extracurricular activity via a dating service. And Lawton Bryan Brown is a professional hit man. Orton, Horton and Lawton all check into adjoining rooms at a posh Venetian hotel. Bellboy Bronson Pinchot, whose grasp of the English language is virtually nonexistent, delivers the wrong messages to the three men. That's why Orton is trying to sell a valuable piece of property to a roomful of mafiosi, Horton is "paired up" with an unwitting female real estate broker, and Lawton is preparing to rub out a hapless dating-service subscriber......Written by director Mark Herman, this old-style doorslamming farce might have passed muster as a dinner-theater attraction, but on film it comes across as strained and tiresome.
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Editorial Reviews

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Viewers dreading 79 minutes of Bronson Pinchot's zany antics in a bellhop uniform can breathe easier. Although marketed as Pinchot's movie, Blame it on the Bellboy hasn't much to do with him or his silly accent humor; rather, it's a capable British mistaken-identity farce that's closer in spirit to A Fish Called Wanda than Perfect Strangers. No one should get carried away with unwarranted accolades, but the film does have the element of surprise in its favor, having been so quickly dismissed that its few real pleasures creep up on a viewer. First-time writer-director Mark Herman, who would later cut his comedy with realism in Brassed Off! and Little Voice, shows some fitness for broader material here. His B-grade cast responds to the task at hand, particularly Dudley Moore and Bryan Brown getting some fond smiles if not out-and-out guffaws. Even Pinchot is more understated than one would predict, though he clearly he wanted to draw a connection between this character and the one played by Jerry Lewis in The Bellboy (1960). One of those movies that exists on the margins of memory, vaguely thought of as embarrassing and wrongheaded, Blame it on the Bellboy has enough moments to earn a grudging recommendation that comes almost in spite of itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/1994
  • UPC: 717951336033
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dudley Moore Melvyn Orton
Bryan Brown Charlton Black, Mike Lawton
Richard Griffiths Maurice Horton
Andreas Katsulas Bettino Scarpa
Patsy Kensit Caroline Wright
Alison Steadman Rosemary Horton
Penelope Wilton Patricia Fulford
Bronson Pinchot Bellboy
Lindsay Anderson Mr. Marshall
Irene Lamb
Jim Carter Rossi
Alex Norton Alfio
John Grillo Hotel Manager
Ronnie Stevens Man on Plane
Enzo Turrin Senior Policeman
Andrew Bradford Italian Victim
Technical Credits
Mark Herman Director, Screenwriter
Steve Abbott Producer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Michael Ellis Editor
Peter Glossop Musical Direction/Supervision, Sound/Sound Designer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Howarth Producer
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Peter Russell Art Director
Peter Walpole Set Decoration/Design
Cherry West Makeup
Ian Wingrove Special Effects
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