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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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Yours "Fore" Laughs See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Sport

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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 »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was the second production of York Pictures Corporation, a company owned by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Prior to making the film, the duo paid $850,000 to extract themselves from their contract with Screen Associates, the company that had underwritten York's participation in At War with the Army (1950), its previous production. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

What Wouldcha Do Without Me?
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Jack Brooks
Sung by Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
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Nice Laughs and Of Course That's Amore
18 March 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Caddy (1953)

*** (out of 4)

Joe Anthony (Dean Martin) and Harvey Miller (Jerry Lewis) are big stars on the stage but it wasn't always like that. A reporter wants to know where they came from so we flashback to when Miller was about to marry the sister of Anthony. Before doing so the two men decide to try and win money playing golf since Miller at one time was great but just couldn't play in front of people. Soon they begin to take off but things take a turn when Anthony becomes interested in a woman (Donna Reed).

THE CADDY is another successful teaming between Martin and Lewis. The film is certainly one of the better ones that the duo made together as there are plenty of nice laughs, a good supporting cast and then there's the soundtrack, which includes Martin's greatest hit "That's Amore." Apparently both Martin and Lewis were very goof golfers so I'm sure both were jumping at the chance to play around on the golf course and this here leads to a lot of fun.

Some of the film's highlights include real life golfers who are used in the film and of course Lewis' crazy antics are there to mess everything up. One of the funniest sequences happen inside the locker room where Lewis gets soap in his eye because he doesn't know how to operate the water. Another funny sequence takes place early on in a department store where Lewis causes chaos. It's not all Lewis here as Martin gets a nice role as well but once again he gets the "mean guy" role. He's certainly good in the part and there's no question that "That's Amore" turned out to be one of the greatest moments of his career. Reed and the supporting cast are fun as well.

THE CADDY certainly isn't a flawless movie but there's enough charm and laughs to make it worth watching.


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