The Errand Boy

1961 NR 1h 32m DVD

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The Errand Boy

1961 NR 1h 32m DVD
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Hired to spy on the employees of a major movie studio, well-intentioned but disaster-prone Morty Tashman wreaks havoc on Hollywood as he wanders into a string of mishaps at the Paramutual Pictures lot, looking for infractions to add to his report.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Errand Boy is a classic 1960s Jerry Lewis comedy that pokes fun at the movie industry. There's some movie-set violence, including war and cowboy scenes with fake guns going off, a behind-the-scenes look at how to fake a man hitting a woman, and lots of bumbling slapstick accidents. There's also some mild innuendo, including an on-screen kiss and a song about lovers. Casual drinking and smoking is plentiful, typical of movies from the era. Tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic jokes about the movie industry also are central to the plot and most likely will be over young kids' heads.

Sexual Content


Lots of slapstick accidents, some movie-set war scenes with guns, one fake scene of an actor slapping a woman in the face.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

No positive messages here. If you act idiotic, you'll be rewarded with fame and movie roles.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of casual smoking and drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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