The Errand Boy

The Errand Boy
1961 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Jerry Lewis
Produced by Ernest D. Gluscksman
Written by Jerry Lewis
Bill Richmond
Starring Jerry Lewis
Brian Donlevy
Howard McNear
Dick Wesson
Music by Walter Scharf
Cinematography W. Wallace Kelley
Edited by Stanley E. Johnson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 28, 1961 (1961-11-28) (U.S.)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office 843,546 admissions (France)[1]

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


Paramutual Pictures decide that they need a spy to find out the inner workings of their studio. Morty S. Tashman (Jerry Lewis), (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.


Cast notes
  • The cast of the western TV series Bonanza makes a cameo appearance.
  • Leo Durocher (baseball manager and player) gives a group of "studio kids" (actually the Dover Basketeers) a pep talk.
  • Joe Besser, a former member of the Three Stooges, has a bit part.


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.[2]

Home media

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


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