The Errand Boy

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The Errand Boy
1961 theatrical poster
Directed by Jerry Lewis
Written byJerry Lewis
Bill Richmond
Produced byErnest D. Gluscksman
StarringJerry Lewis
Brian Donlevy
Howard McNear
Dick Wesson
Cinematography W. Wallace Kelley
Edited byStanley E. Johnson
Music by Walter Scharf
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 28, 1961 (1961-11-28)(U.S.)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office843,546 admissions (France) [1]

The Errand Boy is a 1961 American comedy film directed by, co-written by and starring Jerry Lewis. [2]



Paramutual Pictures decide that they need a spy to find out the inner workings of their studio. Morty S. Tashman, (the 'S' stands for 'scared'), is a paperhanger who happens to be working right outside their window. They decide that he is the man for the job and hire him on the spot. He bumbles his way through a series of misadventures, reporting everything back to the corporate executives.

The Paramutual Studio President eventually has to fire Morty for incompetency. But secret film taken of his bumbling becomes public and everybody wants to know who the terrific new comedy star is. Paramutual is forced to beg Morty to come back and rescue the studio from bankruptcy; which he does.


Cast notes


The Errand Boy was filmed from July 24 to September 1, 1961 and was released on November 28, 1961 by Paramount Pictures.


In 1967, it was re-released on a double bill with another Jerry Lewis film, Cinderfella .


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 50% rating based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 5.47/10. [3]

Home media

The film was released on DVD on October 12, 2004, July 15, 2014 in a 4-film collection, 4 Film Favorites: Jerry Lewis, with The Bellboy , The Ladies Man , and The Patsy , and March 15, 2021.

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  1. Box office information for film in France at Box Office Story
  2. "The Errand Boy (1961)". 20/20 Reviews. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  3. "The Errand Boy". Rotten Tomatoes .