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Who's Minding the Store?

Who's Minding the Store? is a 1963 American comedy film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Jerry Lewis, Jill St. John, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Walston, Kathleen Freeman, and John McGiver.[2] It was released on November 28, 1963, by Paramount Pictures.

Who's Minding the Store?
Directed byFrank Tashlin
Produced byPaul Jones
Written byFrank Tashlin
Harry Tugend
StarringJerry Lewis
Jill St. John
Agnes Moorehead
Ray Walston
Kathleen Freeman
John McGiver
Music byJoseph J. Lilley
CinematographyW. Wallace Kelley
Edited byJohn Woodcock
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 28, 1963 (1963-11-28)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office1,414,588 admissions (France)[1]


Rich Mrs. Phoebe Tuttle (Agnes Moorehead) is upset that her daughter Barbara (Jill St. John) is engaged to a man beneath their social stature, Norman Phiffier (Jerry Lewis). Barbara has been keeping her heiress status to the Tuttle Department Store fortune a secret from Phiffier, knowing he is a proud person who refuses to marry her until he can afford to buy her a home.

Phiffier, a dog walker, is as awkward socially as he is physically. Mrs. Tuttle despises Phiffier but arranges for him to get a job at one of her stores. She directs the store manager, Quimby (Ray Walston), to assign Phiffier a series of impossible and outrageous tasks, hoping he will become frustrated and quit, proving to her daughter that he is worthless. Instead, even though he suffers a series of hilarious mishaps, Phiffier becomes more driven and determined, and Quimby realizes that "he's a man of character". Phiffier also meets and befriends John Tuttle (John McGiver), Phoebe's downtrodden husband, with neither suspecting each other's true identity.

After a final spectacular failure involving a superstrong vacuum cleaner and a dog trapped inside it, Barbara's identity as an heiress is revealed. Disappointed by the Tuttles' deception, Phiffier breaks off the engagement and quits, returning to his previous job as dog walker. In this way he finally proves his worth to Mrs. Tuttle, and after she, John and Barbara temporarily join the dog-walking service to deliver their apologies to Phiffier, he and the Tuttles reconcile.


The French actor Christopher Lambert, known for his major roles in Highlander and Luc Besson's Subway, played an uncredited role in this movie.


Who's Minding the Store? was filmed from March 25 to May 22, 1963.[citation needed]


The scene in which Fritz Feld feeds Lewis a delicacy of fried ants actually contained genuine fried ants, a fact that Lewis was unaware of until after the scene was over.[citation needed]

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 27, 2012.[3][4]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Box office information for film in France at Box Office Story
  2. ^ "Who's Minding the Store?". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Who's Minding the Store?". Seattle: Nash Holdings LLC. ASIN B006X0ZN30. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Who's Minding the Store?". Seattle: Nash Holdings LLC. ASIN B006X0ZMZE. Retrieved September 1, 2016.

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