The Errand Boy. 1961. USA. Directed by Jerry Lewis. Screenplay by Lewis, Bill Richmond. With Lewis, Brian Donlevy, Renée Taylor. 92 min.
Executed in the loose, gag-oriented style of The Bellboy, The Errand Boy essentially treats the Paramount lot as one big prop, offering Lewis’s character—a paperhanger hired as a front-office spy—to interact with all the assorted paraphernalia of filmmaking. Some of Lewis’s funniest moments are here, including a classic scene in a crowded elevator and a haunting sequence involving a pair of puppets without puppetmasters.