The Patsy


1h 41m 1964

Brief Synopsis

When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do anything right. The big TV show is getting closer, and Stanley gets worse all the time.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 8 Jul 1964
Production Company
Patti Enterprises
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

A famous singer dies in a plane accident, and his management team--producer Caryl Fergusson, writer Chic Wymore, press agent Harry Silver, director Morgan Heywood, valet Bruce Alden, and secretary Ellen Betz--decides to make an unknown into a star. They pick Stanley Belt, a shy bellboy, whose nervous bumbling is mistaken for comic ability. Despite singing and acting lessons, Stanley is extremely nervous, and a recording session and nightclub tryout are disastrous. However, a publicity campaign gains him an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, but his management team--with the exception of Ellen, who loves him--abandons him before he goes on. Contrary to the team's expectations, Stanley is a hit on the show. He later forgives the others because they made him a star; he gives each back his old job and proposes to Ellen.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 8 Jul 1964
Production Company
Patti Enterprises
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Quotes

Trivia

The plane crash scene at the beginning of the movie was taken from The Mountain (1956).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 1964

Rhonda Fleming has a cameo appearance in the film

Released in United States Fall September 1964