Blame It on the Bellboy (1992)

PG-13 | 78 mins | Comedy | 6 March 1992

Director:

Mark Herman

Writer:

Mark Herman

Cinematographer:

Andrew Dunn

Editor:

Michael Ellis

Production Designer:

Gemma Jackson

Production Companies:

Bellboy Films Limited, Hollywood Pictures
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HISTORY

The 3 Dec 1990 Var announced that several studios, including the Walt Disney Company, were interested in acquiring distribution rights to first time writer-director Mark Herman’s forthcoming film.
       Refering to the picture as Blame It on the Bellboys, the 11 Feb 1991 DV reported locations in England and Venice, Italy.
       The 9 Apr 1991 HR production chart announced a 10 Apr 1991 start date, and listed locations in Venice and Shepperton, England. The 12 Apr 1991 Screen International reported a nine-week shooting schedule. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, filmmakers shot in Venice for four weeks, where they were plagued with sixty hours of continuous rains. The remaining time was spent at Lee International Studios in Shepperton. The exterior of the Hotel Gabrielli in Venice was used for filming, but the interiors were recreated on the English sound stages.
       The 15 Jan 1992 HR announced that Walt Disney Studios was planning to make Blame It on the Bellboy its first world premiere outside of the U.S., set to take place 19 Jan 1992 in London, England.
       The picture concludes with the following epilogue: “Melvyn’s boss, Mr Marshall, went to claim ownership of his new holiday home. He is survived by a wife and two children; Caroline took great pleasure in screwing the speedboat company for every penny they had. In a whirlwind romance she later met and married a visiting sumo wrestler; Charlton and Patricia successfully opened ‘The Black Florist’ in Huddersfield. Charlton regularly donates to the local bird sanctuary. Patricia went on to represent Great Britain at small-bore rifle shooting; The ... More Less

The 3 Dec 1990 Var announced that several studios, including the Walt Disney Company, were interested in acquiring distribution rights to first time writer-director Mark Herman’s forthcoming film.
       Refering to the picture as Blame It on the Bellboys, the 11 Feb 1991 DV reported locations in England and Venice, Italy.
       The 9 Apr 1991 HR production chart announced a 10 Apr 1991 start date, and listed locations in Venice and Shepperton, England. The 12 Apr 1991 Screen International reported a nine-week shooting schedule. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, filmmakers shot in Venice for four weeks, where they were plagued with sixty hours of continuous rains. The remaining time was spent at Lee International Studios in Shepperton. The exterior of the Hotel Gabrielli in Venice was used for filming, but the interiors were recreated on the English sound stages.
       The 15 Jan 1992 HR announced that Walt Disney Studios was planning to make Blame It on the Bellboy its first world premiere outside of the U.S., set to take place 19 Jan 1992 in London, England.
       The picture concludes with the following epilogue: “Melvyn’s boss, Mr Marshall, went to claim ownership of his new holiday home. He is survived by a wife and two children; Caroline took great pleasure in screwing the speedboat company for every penny they had. In a whirlwind romance she later met and married a visiting sumo wrestler; Charlton and Patricia successfully opened ‘The Black Florist’ in Huddersfield. Charlton regularly donates to the local bird sanctuary. Patricia went on to represent Great Britain at small-bore rifle shooting; The Hortons’ marriage broke up as quickly as the Villa Romano. After the divorce Rosemary met her perfect partner on a Carib-Date holiday. Maurice is still looking for love (0533 278615); After being fired, the Bellboy held down his next job--at the Hhhonolulu Hhhilton, Hhhawaii,--for nearly a whhhole hhhalf hhhour; Melvyn used his £355,000 to settle in the Bahamas where he now owns a sportswear company specializing in testicle protectors.”
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: “The Producers wish to thank: Commune di Venezia, Guardia di Finanza, Questura di Venezia, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Karin Bamborough, Adrian Hodges, Anne James, Colin Leventhal, David Nochimson, Angela Palmer, Simon Ralph, David Rose, Kate Wilson.” Also acknowledged: “The excerpt from ‘Colpo Grosso’ is used by kind permission of RTI; and “Made on location in Venice and at Lee International Studios, Shepperton, England by Bellboy Films Limited.” Painter Arthur Healey’s name is misspelled in end credits as “Arthur Healy.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Feb 1991.
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Daily Variety
30 Jan 1992
p. 2, 24.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Apr 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Jan 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 1992
p. 12, 30.
Los Angeles Times
6 Mar 1992
p. 10.
New York Times
6 Mar 1992
p. 10.
Screen International
12 Apr 1991.
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Variety
3 Dec 1990.
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Variety
3 Feb 1992
p. 79.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Hollywood Pictures presents
In association with Silver Screen Partners IV
A Steve Abbott/Jennie Howarth production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Prod mgr, Venice crew
1st asst dir, Venice crew
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Focus puller
Clapper loader
Gaffer
Best boy
Elec
Practical elec
Unit stills
Steadicam op, Venice crew
Cam asst, Venice crew
Grip, Venice crew
Grip asst, Venice crew
Elec, Venice crew
Elec, Venice crew
Elec, Venice crew
Elec, Venice crew
Generator op, Venice crew
Lighting equip supplied by
Arriflex cams and lenses supplied by
Prod and distributed on
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept asst
Art dept carpenter, Venice crew
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prod buyer
Const mgr
Prop master
Chargehand props storeman
Chargehand dressing props
Dressing props
Dressing props
Chargehand standby props
Standby props
Standby carpenter
Standby rigger
Standby painter
Standby stagehand
Const buyer
Supv carpenter
Chargehand carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Supv plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterer
Plasterers' labourer
Supv painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painters' labourer
Chargehand rigger
Rigger
Rigger
Stagehand
Stagehand
Stagehand
Prop runaround
Laborer, Venice crew
Props buyer, Venice crew
Propman, Venice crew
Labourer, Venice crew
Labourer, Venice crew
Armourer, Venice crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Ward supv
Ward asst
Ward asst, Venice crew
MUSIC
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Orch/Synthesizers performed by
Orch/Cond/Synthesizers performed by
Solo guitar played by
Solo trumpet played by
String score performed by
Leader, The Guildhall String Ensemble
String score performed at
Synthesizers performed by/Rec and mixed by
Rec and mixed at
Mus coord for Contemporary Media Music Productions
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd maintenance
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Dial ed
Footsteps ed
Asst sd ed
Asst dial ed
Asst footsteps ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
SFX supv
Senior SFX tech
SFX tech
Titles by
Opticals by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Chief hairdresser
Makeup asst
Makeup asst
Makeup artist to Dudley Moore
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Casting dir
Scr supv
Jobfit trainee
Prod coord
Prods asst
London contact
Prod runner
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Asst accountant
Accounts secy
Financial controller
Financial accountant
Unit pub
Unit pub
Unit nurse
Artists car driver
Unit car driver
Unit car driver
Catering by
Catering mgr
Caterer
Speedboat consultant
Unit mgr, Venice crew
Loc mgr, Venice crew
Prod coord, Venice crew
Prod asst, Venice crew
Prod secy, Venice crew
Prod runner, Venice crew
Prod runner, Venice crew
Prod runner, Venice crew
Prod accountant, Venice crew
Asst accountant, Venice crew
Fiscal representative, Venice crew
Crowd casting, Venice crew
Crowd marshall, Venice crew
Interpreter, Venice crew
Interpreter, Venice crew
Unit doctor, Venice crew
Boat coord, Venice crew
Catering asst, Venice crew
Helicopter footage by
Freight arr by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
"Feelings," words and music by Morris Albert and Louis Gaste
"The Perfect Moment," music by Henry Priestman, lyrics by Henry Priestman and Mark Herman, performed by The Christians, courtesy of Island Records, ℗
1991Island Records Limited.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Blame It on the Bellboys
Release Date:
6 March 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 6 March 1992
Production Date:
10 April--late June 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Hollywood Pictures, an accepted alternative of the Walt Disney Company
Copyright Date:
12 March 1992
Copyright Number:
PA555023
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
78
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31450
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Venice, Italy, a mobster named Bettino Scarpa learns that someone from London, England, has put a contract out on his life, and orders his henchmen to be on alert for the attacker. Meanwhile, Englishwoman Caroline Wright overseas the renovation of the Villa Romano for her boss, Mr. Marco, who offers to triple her commission if she can sell it for cash to a prospective buyer from London named Melvyn Orton. Unknown to Melvyn, he is sharing an airplane to Venice with hired killer Mike Lawton and tourist Maurice Horton, who has hired the “Medi-Date” dating service to arrange a luxury vacation in which he will be set up on a “blind” date. The three men are coincidentally staying at the Hotel Gabrielli, and their similar surnames create confusion for the hotel bellboy, who assigns them the wrong rooms, and delivers them the wrong packages. When Maurice Horton receives a note from Caroline Wright, meant for Melvyn Orton, instructing him to meet her the following morning at Villa Romano, he assumes she is his blind date. Assassin Mike Lawton’s associate delivers a package containing the name and location of the killing, but Melvyn Orton receives it. Melvyn assumes that Bettino Scarpa is a real estate agent and the pictures of his villa are the Villa Romano. Meanwhile, Mike Lawton receives an envelope from “Med-Date,” which he assumes is a cover, containing a photograph of his “date,” Patricia Fulford, with instructions to meet her the following day at a café. The assassin mistakenly assumes Patricia is his target. The following day, each man sets out to meet the wrong person. Maurice Horton meets Caroline at the Villa Romano, where he ... +


In Venice, Italy, a mobster named Bettino Scarpa learns that someone from London, England, has put a contract out on his life, and orders his henchmen to be on alert for the attacker. Meanwhile, Englishwoman Caroline Wright overseas the renovation of the Villa Romano for her boss, Mr. Marco, who offers to triple her commission if she can sell it for cash to a prospective buyer from London named Melvyn Orton. Unknown to Melvyn, he is sharing an airplane to Venice with hired killer Mike Lawton and tourist Maurice Horton, who has hired the “Medi-Date” dating service to arrange a luxury vacation in which he will be set up on a “blind” date. The three men are coincidentally staying at the Hotel Gabrielli, and their similar surnames create confusion for the hotel bellboy, who assigns them the wrong rooms, and delivers them the wrong packages. When Maurice Horton receives a note from Caroline Wright, meant for Melvyn Orton, instructing him to meet her the following morning at Villa Romano, he assumes she is his blind date. Assassin Mike Lawton’s associate delivers a package containing the name and location of the killing, but Melvyn Orton receives it. Melvyn assumes that Bettino Scarpa is a real estate agent and the pictures of his villa are the Villa Romano. Meanwhile, Mike Lawton receives an envelope from “Med-Date,” which he assumes is a cover, containing a photograph of his “date,” Patricia Fulford, with instructions to meet her the following day at a café. The assassin mistakenly assumes Patricia is his target. The following day, each man sets out to meet the wrong person. Maurice Horton meets Caroline at the Villa Romano, where he believes they are on a date. Elsewhere, Melvyn arrives at Scarpa’s villa, believing it to be for sale, and is quickly surrounded by gun-wielding henchmen. Atop a bell tower, Mike Lawton aims a sniper rifle at Patricia Fulford as she sips coffee at an outdoor café. As he hesitates, the bells chime next to his head, and he shoots a bird, allowing Patricia to walk away unharmed. He follows as she takes a gondola ride, but as he prepares to shoot, she smiles at him, and Mike fails to complete his assignment. Meanwhile, Melvyn is surprised to learn that Scarpa believes he is a hired killer. When Scarpa ties him up and tortures him, Melvyn insists they telephone his domineering employer, Mr. Marshall, to clear things up. Afterward, Scarpa chastises Melvyn for putting up with his Marshall’s insults. Patricia Fulford sits next to Mike Lawton on a bench, believing he is her Medi-Date. Taken aback at her directness, Mike believes she knows he is there to kill her, and is trying to buy time. When he lures her to a secluded area, and points his gun at her, she screams in surprise. After Patricia repeatedly refers to him as her date, Mike realizes there must be a mistake, and leads her at gunpoint back to the Hotel Gabrielli to sort things out. Elsewhere, Caroline Wright is insulted when Maurice Horton tries to seduce her, after confessing he is a widower. When Maurice mentions money, Caroline agrees to have sex with him, believing he will buy the villa if she accepts his request, and they return to the hotel. While being tortured, Melvyn claims he must have been confused with another Mr. Horton staying at the same hotel, and Scarpa leads him back to find Maurice Horton. As Maurice has sex with Caroline, his wife, Rosemary Horton, arrives at the Hotel Gabrielli to surprise him. The bellboy mistakenly takes her to Melvyn’s room, but she insists her husband’s name is “Maurice Horton,” prompting Scarpa’s men to follow her. After having sex with Maurice, Caroline is stunned when he refuses to buy the villa. While in the bathroom, she overhears his wife arrive at the door and accuse him of infidelity after seeing Caroline’s purse. Caroline takes advantage of the situation, and blackmails Maurice into buying the Villa Romano, telling Rosemary she is a real-estate agent. Learning about the property, Rosemary is excited about their new vacation home, and Maurice arranges to meet Caroline with the money the following day. Meanwhile, Mike Lawton searches for Maurice Horton, with Patricia in tow. They find him in a telephone booth and overhear him demanding that a sum of £100,000 be sent to him for the purchase of the villa. However, Mike assumes that Maurice took his job and completed the assignment, as the amount he requested happens to be the same fee Mike was offered for the killing. Scarpa’s men also hear Maurice demand the money, and are assured he is the hit man. Later, Mike and Patricia break into Maurice’s room and find the appointment card with Caroline Wright’s name on it, leading Mike to assume she was the target. When he apologizes to Patricia for trying to kill her, she claims it has been one of the best days of her life. He reaches for her hand, but she pulls away. However, she spends the night in his room but makes him sleep on the couch. Mike tells her he is lonely, and was planning to retire and use the payment from his final hit to buy a flower shop. Patricia suggests he steal the money from Maurice, which was rightfully his. The next day, Maurice receives his money as Scarpa and Mike watch from afar. After Maurice gives the suitcase of cash to the bellboy to place in hotel security, Scapa’s men buy an identical case and place a bomb inside. They force Melvyn to check the luggage into the hotel’s security, and soon after, the henchmen switch the tags on the cases. Maurice and Melvyn are given each other’s suitcases before departing, and Maurice and Rosemary Horton take a boat to the Villa Romano on a nearby island. Mike and Patricia pursue them, unaware that the case contains a bomb. Scarpa and his men also follow, demanding that Melvyn ignite the remote bomb when they get within range. When they reach the villa, Mike and Patricia follow Maurice onto the grounds, and Patricia insists Mike put his gun away. When the bomb is too far away to be detonated, Scarpa sends Melvyn in a raft to get closer to shore. Mike attacks Maurice, and they fight over the case. When Caroline joins the fight and reveals her name, Mike is surprised that his presumed target is still alive. Out on the sea, both of Scarpa’s men admit to having switched the tags on the suitcases, and Scarpa realizes that he possesses the one containing the bomb. When Melvyn activates the remote, Scarpa’s boat explodes. Afterward, Patricia points Mike’s gun at the arguing group, and demands that the money be turned over to Mike. Maurice and Caroline explain their real estate deal, and Mike realizes his mistake. He orders Patricia to lower her gun, and returns to the Hotel Gabrielli, worried that his employers will kill him for failing to assassinate his unknown target. However, the bellboy arrives with a telegram confirming that Mike’s payment has been posted to his account for killing Bettino Scarpa, including a bonus for also taking out Scarpa’s henchmen. Meanwhile, Melvyn telephones Mr. Marshall and proposes the fake sale of Scarpa’s now empty villa. After the money arrives, however, Melvyn flees to the Bahamas. Returning to England with Patricia, Mike reveals that his real name is Charlton Black, and suggests they get married. She kisses him and accepts his proposal. Elsewhere, Maurice and Rosemary Horton move into the Villa Romano, and it begins to crumble around them. Off the coast, Caroline races by in her new speedboat. Soon after, she crashes into the police boat as officers pull the bodies of Scarpa and his men from the water. +

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