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That's My Boy (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Sport | 31 May 1951 (USA)
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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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 duke1029

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

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Comedy | Music | Sport

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31 May 1951 (USA)  »

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Bon sang ne peut mentir  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In November 1951 Jimmy Durante sued Wallis-Hazen, Inc. for $350,000 in damages. He claimed that the expression "That's my boy" had bee identified with him since 1943, when he was a regular on Garry Moore's radio show. The disposition of the lawsuit is not known. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) See more »

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Ridgeville Fight Song
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Eddie Mayehoff
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That's My Boy is a nice showcase for Jerry Lewis with Dean Martin in for good support
19 August 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

This is another Martin & Lewis movie I watched on YouTube. In this one, Jerry plays the son of Eddie Mayehoff who is a former college football hero who's still reliving his glory days whenever he wakes up in the morning but his son isn't even close to being that good athletically. So this father asks fellow high school graduate-and football hero-Dean Martin to room with him so he can train him to play the game. I'll stop there and just say that with this one, the story takes more emphasis in order to naturally serve the comedy scenes when they gradually come with Lewis toning down his hyperactive shtick immensely making him a bit more sympathetic than before. Martin himself doesn't appear until maybe after 15 minutes and it takes a while before he teams with Lewis. But when the laughs come, they are truly earned by Lewis and occasionally Mayehoff whether together or separately. So on that note, That's My Boy is worth seeing. P.S. Not counting the My Friend Irma sequel, this movie marks the first time in M & L history that a leading lady from a previous one reappears with them in another one. And like her last stint in At War with the Army, Polly Bergen has another charming duet with Dean, this time on Ballin' the Jack. And it's nice to see a player from my favorite picture It's a Wonderful Life, Lillian Randolph, play another amusing servant character named May.


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