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That's My Boy (1951)

 -  Comedy | Music | Sport  -  31 May 1951 (USA)
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The greatest player in Ridgefield College history uses his influence and reputation to get his only son, a sickly, uncoordinated nerd, on the college football team with comic results.

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Henry Baker
Lillian Randolph ...
May (Maid)
Selmer Jackson ...
Doc Hunter (as Selmar Jackson)
Tom Harmon ...
Himself - Sports Announcer
Gregg Palmer ...
Student (as Palmer Lee)
Hazel Boyne ...
Miss Johnson - Housemother (as Hazel 'Sonny' Boyne)
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Jarring Jack Jackson, the greatest football player in Ridgefield College history, is disappointed that his only son Junior is an uncoordinated, allergy-ridden bookworm. He uses his athletic reputation and standing as #1 alumni contributor to pressure the coach to take Junior on the team. In addition, he pays the tuition of Junior's financially needy classmate Bill Baker, a potential all-American, with the understanding that he will room with Junior and mentor him athletically and socially. Junior's initial efforts as quarterback prove disastrous and further complications arise when the room mates both fall in love with the same co-ed. Plot complications become critical as the climactic homecoming game approaches. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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college | co ed | quarterback | coach | nerd | See more »

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MADCAPS OF THE CAMPUS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Music | Sport

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Football great Frank Gifford doubled for Jerry Lewis in the kicking scenes. See more »

Quotes

Coach Wheeler: Must you wear glasses?
'Junior' Jackson: No, sir. Only when I want to see.
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Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Dean Martin (1999) See more »

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I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Dean Martin
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a classic
21 August 2002 | by (OC, CA) – See all my reviews

"Gotta hit 'em low, hit 'em hard, and if they get up, hit 'em again. Gotta play GUTS football!" Poor Junior Jackson (Lewis) is the weak, uncoordinated, allergy-prone son of Jarring Jack Jackson, former Ridgeville football alum now trying to relive his collegiate days of glory through Junior. Studly Bill Baker (Martin) becomes the dorm-mate Jackson arranges to mentor Junior in football and other aspects of, uh, manhood. The plot is fairly predictable, but this is one hilarious movie about father-son relationships, college life, football, manhood, friendship, and girls (not in that particular order.) Martin & Lewis were never better together, along with a superb supporting cast. A classic comedy with heart.


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