Blu-ray, DVD Release: Who’s Minding the Store?

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Olive Films


Who's Minding the Store? movie scene

Jerry Lewis types one out in Who's Minding the Store?

The colorful and cluttered 1963 comedy film Who’s Minding the Store? marks the seventh of eight collaborations between star Jerry Lewis (Boeing Boeing) and director Frank Tashlin, including The Geisha Boy and Cinderfella.

Lewis plays Norman Phiffier, a professional dog walker who’s in love with the beautiful Barbara Tuttle (Jill St. John, Diamonds are Forever), an elevator operator in her parents’ Macys-like department store, Tuttles.

Disapproving of the couple and determined to break them up, Barbara’s conniving mother Phoebe (Agnes Moorehead, Citizen Kane) hires Norman to work in the store, where he is given a  series of seemingly impossible jobs. But even as he takes on the difficulties of the sports department, ladies shoes section and shipping floor, Norman gets the jobs done — with slapstick to spare!

Filled with over-the-top sight gags as well as Lewis’ trademark buffoonery (including his famed typewriter routine), Who’s Minding the Store? popped up on TV throughout the 1970s and was a favorite of mine when I was kid. I can admit now that the presence of sexy Jill St. John didn’t hurt.

Remastered in high-definition from a 35mm archive print, the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Who’s Minding the Store? don’t contain any bonus features.

An earlier Lewis/Tashlin collaboration, 1962’s It’s Only Money, is also available on Blu-ray and DVD from Olive.

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.