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The Caddy (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Sport | 10 August 1953 (USA)
Although gifted golfer Harvey Miller is too nervous to golf in public tournaments, he acts as coach and caddy for friend Joe Anthony.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) (as Edmund Hartmann), Danny Arnold (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Martin ... Joe Anthony
Jerry Lewis ... Harvey Miller, Jr
Donna Reed ... Kathy Taylor
Barbara Bates ... Lisa Anthony
Joseph Calleia ... Papa Anthony
Fred Clark ... Mr. Baxter / Old Skinhead
Clinton Sundberg ... Charles - the Butler
Howard Smith ... Golf Official
Marshall Thompson ... Bruce Reeber
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Grace Taylor
Frank Puglia ... Mr. Spezzato
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Mr. Taylor
Romo Vincent ... Eddie Lear - Agent
Argentina Brunetti ... Mama Anthony
Houseley Stevenson Jr. Houseley Stevenson Jr. ... Officer
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Storyline

The origin of Anthony and Miller, a wildly successful comedy team, can be traced back several years to Harvey Miller's stage fright on the golf links. Although the son of a skilled golfer and an outstanding player in his one right, Miller is too nervous to golf in front of a gallery. He becomes coach and caddy for Joe Anthony, his girlfriend's brother, who must convince his fisherman father that hitting a little ball into a hole can be more lucrative than trawling the Pacific Ocean. While on the PGA tour, their natural comedic abilities are recognized by a shrewd agent who senses their talent and potential, and a new comedy team is born. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Taglines:

Goofy Golfers . . . winning the laughing cup! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So Where's the Money? See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"That's Amore", sung by Dean Martin, became a multi-million seller and one of his signature songs. The tune also appeared in the closing credits of Rear Window (1954) and is regarded as the theme song to Moonstruck (1987). An instrumental version can be heard in Houseboat (1958). See more »

Goofs

Joe is twice seen walking down Pacific Coast Highway "heading for San Francisco." However, from Monterey he would actually need to walk in the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

Kathy Taylor: [At an elegant country club soiree] Good evening.
Joe Anthony: [Feeling underdressed and out of his element] I better make that 'good night.' I'm out of uniform.
Kathy Taylor: You're positively stunning. So what if you left your dinner jacket at home?
Joe Anthony: I left it in Kansas City, but I can show you the pawn ticket.
Kathy Taylor: I believe you. Shall we dance?
Joe Anthony: Only if I lead.
Kathy Taylor: You can lead.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Amoré (That's Love)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Jack Brooks
Sung by Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and family
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Great fun, even if it doesn't demand too much of the boys.
7 September 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Caddy is a Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis comedy film. It's directed by Norman Taurog and also stars Donna Reed & Barbara Bates. Also featured in the story are some leading professional golfers of the time.

Middle tier Martin & Lewis movie that sticks rigidly to the formula that made them so popular. Jerry causes mayhem but always endears in doing so, while Dean croons and catches the eye of the ladies. Plot is told in flashback as the popular duo, now big musical hall stars, shows how they got together courtesy of golf. Cue some goofing around on golf courses and chaos unbound as Jerry upsets the upper class toffs of society. Cue carnage in a department store and chaos on the golf course.

Dean sings the Oscar nominated "That's Amore," as well as "It's A Whistle In," "Kinda Mornin," "One Big Love" & "What Wouldcha Do Without Me?" Reed and Bates are pretty and adorable, and both play off of the boys with ease. All of which builds to a fun double-take ending to seal the deal as The Caddy reaching its par on the course of Martin & Lewis movies. 7/10


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