The Bellboy is a 1960 comedy film written, produced, directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. It was released on July 20, 1960 by Paramount Pictures and marked Lewis's directorial debut. A studio executive (Jack Kruschen in an uncredited role) introduces the movie, explaining that it has no plot, but simply shows Stanley the hotel bellboy (played by Lewis) getting in one ridiculous situation after another. Stanley does not speak, except at the very end of the movie. Lewis also appears in a speaking role playing himself escorted by a large entourage, as his bellhop counterpart simultaneously emerges from a crowded elevator. Principal photography took place from February 8 to March 5, 1960 and marked Jerry Lewis's debut as a director. Filming took place at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida; Lewis would film during the day and perform in the nightclub at night. Before he began, Lewis consulted his friend Stan Laurel about the script. Since Laurel had worked in silent films and was familiar with pantomime, he offered suggestions. It is unknown if Lewis actually used any of Laurel's ideas in the production. But it is believed Lewis paid homage to the comic by naming his character 'Stanley' after him. A Stan Laurel-like character also appears throughout the story, portrayed by writer and impressionist Bill Richmond. The film marked an pioneering use of a video assist system, providing Lewis a way to see the action even though he was in the scene. Paramount wanted to have a Jerry Lewis movie for summer release (in North America). The movie that it wanted to release was Cinderfella, which had finished shooting in December 1959. Lewis wanted to hold back the release of that movie for the Christmas 1960 holiday and Paramount only agreed if Jerry could deliver another movie for summer. Therefore, while playing an engagement in Miami Beach, Lewis came up with this.
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