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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.

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Airs Wed. Nov. 22, 4:00 PM on GOLF

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lisa Anthony
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Papa Anthony
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Mr. Baxter / Old Skinhead
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Golf Official
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Bruce Reeber
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Mrs. Grace Taylor
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Mr. Spezzato
Lewis Martin ...
Mr. Taylor
Romo Vincent ...
Eddie Lear - Agent
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Mama Anthony
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ...
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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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Goofy Golfers . . . winning the laughing cup! See more »

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Comedy | Musical | Sport

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10 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

So Where's the Money?  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Central Intelligence Agency was concerned about the portrayal of race relations in Hollywood films, particularly for foreign consumption, and in the early 1950s quietly contacted a number of film studios about using more African-American actors in small, subtly positive roles. One result was the smattering of black observers in the crowd during this film's big golf game. See more »

Goofs

When Harvey Miller Jr. pushes open the caddies' shower room with soap in his eyes the door is made of glass. When he next appears exiting the room the door is made of wood. 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 Hollywood's Top Ten: Par for the Course (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

It's A Whistle-in' Kinda Mornin'
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Jack Brooks
Sung by Dean Martin
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Pretty good
19 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have now re-watched all of the Martin & Lewis films and one thing I have noticed is how often Dean had to play characters who were complete louses. I can honestly see how this helped to break up the team as who would want to constantly play jerks in order to make their partner look more sympathetic?! This one finds Dean to be a bit of a jerk--though fortunately it's not nearly as bad in this one as in some of their other films and as a result it works a bit better.

Jerry plays Harvey, the son of a pro golfer who is ALSO a heck of a player. However, Harvey cannot go pro because he chokes up horribly when folks watch him play. But when he meets his fiancée's brother, Joe (Dean), Harvey sees that Joe could be a pro himself--and with his help, Joe enters his first tournament. But there is a problem...Joe wins the tourney and his ego becomes a bit inflated. He soon is taking his new friend for granted. Can Joe pull it together or are the two destined to go their separate ways? What do you think?!?!

One of the best things about this film is the music. Often I find the musical interludes distracting...but here Dean sings one of his greatest hits. "That's Amore" is the PERFECT tune for Dean's talents and you cannot help but love the song. Additionally, the humor is decent and Joe's not nearly so rotten as he could have been! Pleasant viewing.


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