The Patsy's slim story line has it ups and downs, sometimes being hilarious, frequently unfunny.

The Patsy’s slim story line has it ups and downs, sometimes being hilarious, frequently unfunny.

Premise of a group of film professionals – a producer, director, writer-gagman, press agent and secretary – who have lost their star in a plane disaster and find another meal ticket by grabbing a hotel bellboy and building him to stardom, is an okay device for situations but lacks development – which might have made a better comedy.

Jerry Lewis also directs in the part, and as the patsy of this pack of hangers-on he indulges in his usual mugging and clowning, good for guffaws and enough nonsensical anticking to appeal to juve audiences especially.

Lewis as the simple-minded Stanley, ‘discovered’ as he is delivering ice to the forlorn group wondering how to salvage their own positions, socks over his customary brand of broad and nutty humor and gets good backing right down the line. Everett Sloane as the producer, Peter Lorre the director, Phil Harris the gagman, Keenan Wynn the p.a., and Ina Balin the secretary, deliver soundly.

Hedda Hopper plays herself in a nice scene, and others playing themselves in cameo roles are Ed Wynn, Rhonda Fleming, George Raft, Mel Torme.

The Patsy


Paramount. Director Jerry Lewis; Producer Ernest D. Glucksman; Screenplay Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond; Camera Wallace Kelley; Editor John Woodcock; Music David Raksin; Art Director Hal Pereira, Cary Odell


(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 100 MIN.


Jerry Lewis Ina Balin Everett Sloane Phil Harris Keenan Wynn Peter Lorre
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