The Bellboy. 1960. USA. Written and directed by Jerry Lewis. With Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton. 72 min.
The link between the home movies and Lewis’s professional career as a director was this, his first feature, made on the cuff while Lewis was performing at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. The Fontainebleau’s spectacular midcentury modern décor provides a pristine backdrop for a series of silent-movie sight gags and audaciously self-referential moments (as when the movie star Jerry Lewis, played by one “Joe Levitch,” arrives for a gig).