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Paramutual Pictures is losing money... not at the box office, but from internal inefficiency. Studio President Tom Paramutual (Brian Donlevy), aka "T.P.," decides an internal spy would be more effective than efficiency expert Mr. Fumble, preferably someone that no one would suspect. Enter Morty S. Tashman (Jerry Lewis), an incompetent bumbler, hired as a studio errand boy so that he can routinely observe activity around the studio, and report to T.P.'s assistant Dexter Sneak (Howard McNear). This plot device is virtually forgotten once it creates a means for Morty to stumble around the studio, and create havoc with a series of blackout and extended gag sequences.

Joe Besser has a small role as a studio projectionist.

One of Jerry Lewis' best films, funny even to most who don't like Lewis.

Excellent supporting cast filled with some of the best character actors around, including several Three Stooges veterans like Kenneth MacDonald, Phil Arnold and Benny Rubin, and other familiar faces like Fritz Feld, Sig Ruman and Stanley Adams. Kathleen Freeman is hilarious as T.P.'s laryngitis-stricken wife, forgotten by Morty when he drives the limo into the car wash with the top down. Howard McNear (THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW) steals every scene he's in.

Joe Besser was struggling for work at this time, and friend Jerry Lewis gave him a small role. It paid off well for Besser, who met Joey Bishop on the set... and wound up with a costarring role on Bishop's television sitcom for the next few years.

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Joe Besser (Solo)
Release Date
November 28, 1961
Production Type
Feature Film
95 min.
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