In Who’s Minding the Store?, a department store provides the location for Jerry Lewis’s buffoonery, in this case working as a handyman hired away from his poodle-walking job by the mother of the elevator operator girl (Jill St. John), who is determined to break up their budding relationship.
Viewers will love, particularly, a vacuum cleaner that gets away from its demonstrator, and the genius of the manager who thinks it’s a good idea for Lewis to paint the top of a flagpole. Rest assured, Lewis bumbles his way through to pleasing everyone in the end.
Who’s Minding the Store was one of a group of films Jerry Lewis made under contract with Paramount. For all his Paramount features, Lewis was always billed above the title and paired with some of the best supporting players at work in Hollywood.
USA | Paramount | 90 minutes | 1963
Director: Frank Tashlin
Script: Harry Tugend, Frank Tashlin,
Jerry Lewis as Norman Phiffer
Jill St. John as Barbara Tuttle
Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle
John Abbott as Mr. Orlandos
Fritz Feld as Irving Catastrophe
Richard Deacon as Tie Salesman
John McGiver as Mr. John P. Tuttle
Ray Walston as Mr. Quimby
Nancy Kulp as Emily Rothgraber
Francesca Bellini as Shirley Lott
Quinn O’Hara as Elevator Operator
Bess Flowers as Shopper, Gourmet Department
Dick Wessel as Traffic Cop
and this just in
Venturers, The (BBC-1 1975, Geoffrey Keen, David Buck)
Drama series The Venturers told stories of a group of venture capitalists. The series grew out of a Drama Playhouse...
Modern Men (The WB 2006, Jane Seymour, Eric Lively)
In short lived sitcom Modern Men Tim Clarke, Kyle Brewster and Doug Reynolds are childhood friends who, now in their...
Bit of a Do, A (ITV 1989, David Jason, Nicola Pagett)
David Jason leads the all-star cast in comedy drama series A Bit of A Do, with each episode taking place...
Lavender Castle (ITV 1999, Jimmy Hibbert, Kate Harbour)
What do you get if you put puppet pioneer and TV legend Gerry Anderson together with the equally legendary children’s...
Top Cat (Hanna-Barbera 1961, Arnold Stang, Maurice Gosfield)
Dating from the early 60’s Top Cat was the cream of the crop of Hanna-Barbera’s funky animations, intelligent and super...
The Little Drummer Girl Series Premiere Sun 28 Oct on BBC One
In the highly anticipated series opener of the new BBC John le Carré thriller The Little Drummer Girl we are...
Frankie Drake Mysteries: Dressed to Kill (S2EP5 CBC Mon 22 Oct 2018)
Dressed to Kill: When famed French designer Coco Chanel is the target of a brazen assassination attempt, Drake Private Detectives...
The A List Premieres on BBC-3 Thurs 25 Oct 2018
Dark secrets, friendship, romance and betrayal at the heart of new BBC drama The A List. Set in what appears...
Gringo (2018, David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron)
In comedy drama Gringo an American businessman with a stake in a pharmaceutical company that’s about to go public finds...
Strangers, The: Prey at Night (2018, Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson)
In horror movie The Strangers: Prey at Night a family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at...
Death Wish (2018, Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio)
In Death Wish Dr. Paul Kersey is an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving lives....