The Errand Boy

Overview

Jerry Lewis became one of the biggest movie stars in the world thanks to his anarchic energy and his manic silliness. In 2004, Paramount released many of Lewis' most famous film on DVD. One of those discs, The Errand Boy offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a scene specific commentary track recorded by Lewis ...
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Overview

Jerry Lewis became one of the biggest movie stars in the world thanks to his anarchic energy and his manic silliness. In 2004, Paramount released many of Lewis' most famous film on DVD. One of those discs, The Errand Boy offers a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks have been rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a scene specific commentary track recorded by Lewis and his good friend singer Steve Lawrence. Also included are the original theatrical trailer, bloopers, and promotional advertisements for the film. This is a fine release that should thrill fans of the rubber-faced funnyman.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Select scene commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence; Archival materials; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English Mono and French Mono; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
It hasn't been fashionable to praise Jerry Lewis in a long time. Yes, many of his films are inane pieces of fluff, but every now and then a forgotten gem resurfaces to remind many of what made him popular to begin with. The Errand Boy, the second feature to be directed by Lewis himself, is a collection of elaborate gags held together by the fact that the same character appears in all of them. It's a poke in the ribs to Hollywood as the title character Morty Tashman, played by the auteur himself, meanders all over the "Paramutuel Pictures" lot and causes a general ruckus. What redeems this film are some of the better jokes -- Morty eats lunch in the middle of a battle scene from a war movie, dubs the singing voice of an actress, and performs a very funny boardroom pantomime to big band music. There's nothing subtle about any of the humor and there's plenty of misses along with the hits, but there are enough to provide an overall sense of good clean fun. There's also the fun of identifying all the members of the enormous supporting cast which features classic screen comedians like Doodles Weaver, Sig Rumann, and ex-Stooge Joe Besser. In addition, Morty literally runs into the cast of TV's Bonanza on several occasions. What makes the film lose some luster is his tendency for schmaltz, epitomized by the long preachy monologue at the end of the film that serves no real purpose. Still, there are some good laugh-out-loud moments and Jerry Lewis has definitely done worse.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • UPC: 097360610642
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / B&W
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,539

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Morty S. Tashman
Brian Donlevy Mr. T.P.
Howard McNear Dexter Sneak
Dick Wesson The AD
Robert Ivers
Pat Dahl Miss Carson
Renée Taylor Miss Giles
Stanley Adams Grumpy
Kathleen Freeman Mrs. T.P.
Isobel Elsom Irma Paramutual
Sig Rumann Baron Elston Carteblanche
Felicia Atkins Serina
Doodles Weaver Man on scaffold
Fritz Feld Foreign Director
Kenneth MacDonald Mr. Fumble
Joey Forman Jedson
Iris Adrian Great Actress
Del Moore MC
David Landfield Lance
Murray Alper
Phil Arnold
Richard Bakalyan
Don "Red" Barry
John Benson
Jan Bradley
Sue Casey
Harry V. Cheshire
Booth Colman
Milton Frome
Barry Gray
Bob Hopkins
Barry Livingston
Sally Mansfield
Mike Mazurki Blonde "Movie Siren"
Quinn O'Hara
Harry "Snub" Pollard
Sherwood Price
Tony Regan
Mary Ritts Herself
Sheila Rogers
Michael Ross
Benny Rubin
Frank Scannell
Mary Treen
Herb Vigran
William Wellman Jr.
Dick Wessel The A.D.
Dick Winslow
Theodora Davitt
Jean Engstrom
Judy Howard
Frances Lax
Hal Rand
Caroline Richter
Roscoe Ates
Joe Besser Himself
Dan Blocker Himself
Lorne Greene Himself
Pernell Roberts Himself
Michael Landon himself
Connie Cezon
Technical Credits
Jerry Lewis Director, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Ralph Axness Asst. Director
Louis Y. Brown Songwriter
Nick Castle Choreography
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Ernest D. Glucksman Producer
Charles Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Hugo Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley E. Johnson Editor
W. Wallace Kelley Cinematographer
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Ed Pine Set Decoration/Design
Bill Richmond Screenwriter
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. This Is Hollywood
2. Get Stupid
3. Do-Wack-A-Do
4. Mail Room Morty
5. Lunchtime
6. What Can Happen?
7. Rushes
8. Premiere of the Year
9. Hanging Around
10. Puppet and the Pool
11. The Art of Basketball
12. Bending Feathers
13. Star Material
14. Hey, Kid!
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English
      Audio Options: Français
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: Español
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Select Scene Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence
         This Is Hollywood
         Get Stupid
         Lunchtime
         What Can Happen?
      Archival Materials
         Bloopers
            Jerry With Puppet
            Jerry Throws Script With Commentary by Son Chris Lewis
            Elevator Gag
            Del Moore at Hollywood Premiere
            Play All
         Promo Spots
            Errand Boy Promo 1
            Errand Boy Promo 2
            Errand Boy Promo 3
            Errand Boy Promo 4
            Errand Boy Promo 5
            Errand Boy Promo 6
            Play All
      Theatrical Trailer
   Scene Selection
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