The Disorderly Orderly

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"NOTE: This picture was made entirely without the co-operation of any medical association!"
  • Approved
  • 1964
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 6.3  (3,337)

The Disorderly Orderly is a comedy film directed by Frank Tashlin and released in 1964. It features the legendary comedian Jerry Lewis in the lead role of orderly, Jerome Littlefield. Glenda Farrell and Susan Oliver also star in the film. The movie follows the story of Jerome Littlefield, a clumsy and accident-prone orderly who is always getting into trouble at work. He works at a sanitarium and his job is to take care of the patients. However, his efforts always seem to end up in disaster, causing more chaos than peace. Despite his frequent mishaps, Jerome remains eager to please and dedicated to his profession.

Jerome soon finds himself in the middle of a complicated love triangle. He falls head over heels for Julie Blair (Susan Oliver), a wealthy patient suffering from a mysterious illness. Julie is attracted to Jerome's kind heart, but her mother (Glenda Farrell) objects to their relationship due to Jerome's status as a mere orderly. Meanwhile, another patient, Mr. Tuffington, also vies for Julie's attention.

As the film progresses, Jerome's love life becomes more and more complicated, and he becomes involved in zany hijinks that threaten to jeopardize his job and his relationship with Julie. He accidentally swallows a medicine bottle, gets stuck in a steam room, and causes chaos at a high-society ball. In spite of these misadventures, Jerome remains lovable and endearing, and his dedication to his work never wavers.

The Disorderly Orderly is a classic Jerry Lewis comedy, full of slapstick humor and sight gags. Lewis's portrayal of Jerome Littlefield showcases his trademark physical comedy and his ability to make audiences laugh with just a glance or gesture. The film also features several of Lewis's iconic "bits," including a scene where he imitates a gorilla and another where he gets trapped inside a phone booth.

The supporting cast also shines in their roles. Glenda Farrell is perfectly cast as Julie's overbearing mother, and Susan Oliver brings a delicate vulnerability to her character. The film also features a number of well-known character actors, including Everett Sloane, Kathleen Freeman, and Del Moore.

The Disorderly Orderly is a lighthearted and fun comedy that showcases Jerry Lewis's comedic talent. It's a classic example of the slapstick humor of the 1960s, and fans of Lewis's other work will find plenty to enjoy in this film.

The Disorderly Orderly is a 1964 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    1 hr 29 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (3,337)