The Disorderly Orderly

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Released 1964

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Director:
Frank Tashlin
Released:
1964
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The Disorderly Orderly is a screwball comedy from 1964 about an orderly in a mental hospital, Jerome Littlefield (Jerry Lewis). Jerome would like to become a doctor, but isn't certain about this career path. At the hospital he tends to hurt more than he heals, much to the chagrin of his boss, Dr. Jean Howard (Glenda Farrell). As Jerome wrestles with doctors, wheelchairs, adhesive, pillows, and patients, he meets Susan Andrews (Susan Oliver) a girl he had a crush on in high school who has become suicidal. Jerome helps Susan transform from being suicidal a mess, to a confident and happy young woman while he secretly pays her tab. This makes his girlfriend, Julie Blair (Karen Sharpe) extremely jealous. As Jerome suffers from most of the maladies of his patients, his daily duties are a hilarious disaster, but Jerome, always resilient, has a good heart and tries to do his best.
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    Comedy

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    Slapstick, Romantic Comedy