Monday, June 29, 2015

Jerry Lewis acted in and directed 'The Bellboy' at the Fontainebleau Hotel in 1960

Trailer for "The Bellboy"


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In 1960, comedian Jerry Lewis spent four weeks at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach, acting in and directing "The Bellboy.

From Miami New Times:
Shot almost entirely inside the Fontainebleau, the movie is full of interior shots that showcase the hotel's old school elegance steeped in '50s and '60s glamor. We're talking pure Rat Pack. The Bellboy treats us to a visual tour as Lewis spazzes around its chic design. It's a great movie to see if you want a glimpse of Miami Beach before it was invaded by the Armani Exchange and Mansion.

During his Hollywood career, Lewis was mostly a box office draw, only starting to fade out towards the mid-sixties. When he filmed The Bellboy, he was at the top of his game. The film's premise is a basic confused identity story, with Lewis playing both a bellboy at the hotel, as well as himself--a world famous movie star staying at the hotel.


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