The Disorderly Orderly

Overview

In this comedy classic, Jerry Lewis plays Jerome Littlefield, an orderly in a mental hospital in this slapstick situation comedy that makes full use of Lewis's patented brand of screwball comedy. Dr. Jean Howard Glenda Farrell is the exasperated head of the sanitarium who almost becomes a patient after the antics of the frantic employee. Jerome takes on the symptoms of most of his patients and helps Susan Andrews Susan Oliver go from a woman considering suicide to an alluring woman of sensual confidence. When ...
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Overview

In this comedy classic, Jerry Lewis plays Jerome Littlefield, an orderly in a mental hospital in this slapstick situation comedy that makes full use of Lewis's patented brand of screwball comedy. Dr. Jean Howard Glenda Farrell is the exasperated head of the sanitarium who almost becomes a patient after the antics of the frantic employee. Jerome takes on the symptoms of most of his patients and helps Susan Andrews Susan Oliver go from a woman considering suicide to an alluring woman of sensual confidence. When talkative patient Alice Pearce relates her maladies to Jerry, he hilariously has psychosomatic symptoms that mirror those of the woman.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
For Jerry Lewis fans, the DVD release of The Disorderly Orderly is just what the doctor ordered. Jerry stars as Jerome Littlefield, a hapless orderly in a sanitarium. A failed medical student, Jerome psychosomatically experiences the patients' symptoms and otherwise creates havoc. This was Lewis's last film with former Warner Bros. animator Frank Tashlin, who provided this human cartoon with some of his best sight gags. At one point, a snail overtakes a crawling, straitjacketed Jerome. In another, Jerome is nearly buried under an avalanche after a patient asks him to adjust the "snow" on her television screen. A jarring subplot involving an embittered, suicidal woman (Susan Oliver) on whom Jerome has had a lifelong crush is at odds with the Mack Sennett slapstick tone of the rest of the film. But Jerry will have kids in stitches.
All Movie Guide
This hilarious Jerry Lewis vehicle is one of his all-time classics. The major reason for this is the skillful work of writer/director Frank Tashlin: no other filmmaker could use the many gifts of Lewis as skillfully as he could. Tashlin's script plays not only to Lewis's skills for mugging and slapstick but also weaves in a surprising amount of drama that brings out his underrated gift for pathos. Lewis rises to the challenge of this script with a performance that covers the gamut from rubber-faced antics to surprisingly understated expressions of adult emotion, often within the same scene. Tashlin also gets great performances from the rest of the cast: Susan Oliver delivers a genuinely intense and dramatic performance as the troubled girl the hero pines for, Kathleen Freeman makes an excellent comedic foil for Lewis as his constantly agitated supervisor and Everett Sloane is amusing as a sleazy administrator who gets his comeuppance. Best of all, Tashlin's direction of The Disorderly Orderly is truly inventive: he gives the film a snazzy pace and a bright, "pop" color scheme that suits the manic approach of its star. More importantly, he uses the language of film to choreograph the gags in unique, visually expressive ways. Highlights in that area include a silent argument played out with subtitles and the masterfully choreographed finale, which orchestrates a chase between two ambulances in a manner that is thrilling and hilariously destructive all at once. In short, anyone with an interest in Jerry Lewis's work needs to see The Disorderly Orderly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • UPC: 883929312276
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,449

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Jerome Littlefield
Glenda Farrell Dr. Jean Howard
Everett Sloane Mr. Tuffington
Karen Sharpe Julie Blair
Kathleen Freeman Maggie Higgins
Susan Oliver Susan Andrews
Del Moore Dr. Davenport
Jack E. Leonard Fat Jack
Barbara Nichols Actress
Alice Pearce Talkative Patient
Benny Rubin Waiter
Frank Scannell Mr. Mealy
Milton Frome
John Macchia
Murray Alper
Richard Deacon Mr. Courtney
Herbie Faye Mrs. Welles
Mike Mazurki
Michael Ross Ambulance Driver
William Wellman Jr. Driver
Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director, Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Ed Haas Original Story
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Jones Producer
W. Wallace Kelley Cinematographer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Jerry Lewis Producer
Norm Liebmann Original Story
Joseph Lilley Score Composer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Russell Wiles Editor
John M. Woodcock Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Disorderly Orderly
1. Chapter 1 [4:54]
2. Chapter 2 [3:43]
3. Chapter 3 [2:30]
4. Chapter 4 [3:38]
5. Chapter 5 [3:14]
6. Chapter 6 [2:19]
7. Chapter 7 [5:08]
8. Chapter 8 [:22]
9. Chapter 9 [6:26]
10. Chapter 10 [6:36]
11. Chapter 11 [:19]
12. Chapter 12 [5:22]
13. Chapter 13 [1:44]
14. Chapter 14 [6:35]
15. Chapter 15 [:14]
16. Chapter 16 [6:40]
17. Chapter 17 [:36]
18. Chapter 18 [5:30]
19. Chapter 19 [1:38]
20. Chapter 20 [3:04]
21. Chapter 21 [5:57]
22. Chapter 22 [5:06]
23. Chapter 23 [7:21]
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Disc #1 -- Disorderly Orderly
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