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That's My Boy (1951)

Approved  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Mayehoff ...
Marion Marshall ...
Hugh Sanders ...
Francis Pierlot ...
Henry Baker
Lillian Randolph ...
May (Maid)
Doc Hunter (as Selmar Jackson)
Tom Harmon ...
Sports Announcer
Gregg Palmer ...
Student (as Palmer Lee)
Hazel Boyne ...
Miss Johnson - Housemother (as Hazel 'Sonny' Boyne)


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 (

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


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Release Date:

31 May 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bon sang ne peut mentir  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Football great Frank Gifford doubled for Jerry Lewis in the kicking scenes. See more »


Benjamin Green: The average normal child often resents his parents. Some children often wish they had different parents. Some children even hate their parents.
Jarring Jack Jackson: What about Junior? He hates me?
Benjamin Green: Hates you? The only advice I can give is never take your boy hunting.
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Ridgeville Fight Song
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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if you MUST see a Martin and Lewis film, make it this one
28 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of Martin and Lewis movies, though I think I saw all of them over the years. When I was a kid, I was a bit of a fan so I tried to see the films whenever they came on television. Of all their films together, this one is my favorite. It may not be hilarious from start to finish, but for this comedy team it is awfully good.

Lewis is very funny as the extremely clumsy and nerdy son of the rugged Eddie Mayehoff. Martin plays a football-playing student who Mayehoff WISHES were his son--in order to carry on the legacy. You see, because MANY years earlier Mayehoff had been a big college football star and he was beside himself having an embarrassment for a son. So, he makes Martin a proposition--take Lewis under his wing and make him a real man. In exchange, Mayehoff will bankroll Martin's college expenses.

What ultimately happens is a bit predictable but worth watching. The scene I particularly enjoyed watching was when Mayehoff took Lewis hunting! Good work by Martin & Lewis and a film that deserves to be seen a bit more often.

By the way, I am not sure if I'd consider this to be the team's best film or "The Stooge". "That's My Boy" is certainly a lot funnier but there's something likable about the oddly realistic "The Stooge".

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