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Daddy-O (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Music, Mystery | March 1958 (USA)
Phil, a part-time truck driver and singer who wears his pants far too high, meets a feisty platinum blonde who challenges him to a drag race through Griffith Park. When he is caught and ... See full summary »


Lou Place


David Moessinger (story and screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Contino Dick Contino ... Phil Sandifer
Sandra Giles Sandra Giles ... Jana Ryan
Bruno VeSota ... Sidney Chillas (as Bruno VeSoto)
Gloria Victor Gloria Victor ... Marcia Hayes
Ron McNeil Ron McNeil ... Duke Manion
Tipp McClure Tipp McClure ... Bruce Green (as Jack McClure)
Sonia Torgeson Sonia Torgeson ... Peg Lawrence
Kelly Gordon Kelly Gordon ... Ken
Hank Mann ... Barney
Joseph Donte Joseph Donte ... Frank Wooster
Joseph Martin Joseph Martin ... Kerm
Robert Banas Robert Banas ... Sonny DiMarco (as Bob Banas)
John Garwood ... (as Gabe Delutri)
Ruth Scott Ruth Scott
William Riggs William Riggs


Phil, a part-time truck driver and singer who wears his pants far too high, meets a feisty platinum blonde who challenges him to a drag race through Griffith Park. When he is caught and loses his license, he meets up with the sketchy Frank Wooster who offers him a job singing in his new nightclub. When Phil discovers that his new job also includes drug running, he must fight to save his friends and himself. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the third season, episode 7. See more »


When Daddy-O is being chased by the police he is wearing a striped shirt. When he comes to the truck ramp, before the big jump, it changes to a solid color, collared shirt. When the car lands, it changes back to the striped shirt. See more »


Jana Ryan: Want some?
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) See more »

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"If you weren't a woman I'd punch you in the face"
10 September 2008 | by sebpopcornSee all my reviews

Truck driver, singer and high trouser enthusiast Daddy-o is a real hip cat. He hangs out at a pizza parlour where he acts moody, sings deep songs like rock candy and dances aggressively with women while repeatedly pointing out to them that if they weren't a woman he would punch them, right in the face. Because their driving is substandard.

While Daddy-o is racing against a pointy breasted stranger his best friend gets run off the road and killed. How close were they? Some people have brothers, daddy-o had this guy. That's how close these two were, though they are only seen to exchange five lines of dialog in the entire movie.

Naturally Daddy-o isn't best pleased and after a run in with a myopic gym manager he drifts into some shady business delivering dope for a fat man who inexplicably spends all his time in the gym. Maybe he isn't getting any thinner because the gym doesn't have any actual gym equipment that I could see.

There are two reasons that I can think of to watch this movie, hence the two star rating. The first is that the songs are just so crap they have to be heard to be believed, most of them just have the same line repeated endlessly like Rock Candy which goes "rock candy, rock, rock, rock candy, rock, rock candy." (repeat 50 times).

The other reason for tuning in to this highly dated yarn is the way the script can't decide if Daddy-o is a mean moody type or a fun loving hipster liable to burst into song at any moment. It probably doesn't help that the teenage rebel looks about 40 either.

Pretty funny, pretty awful too though.

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Release Date:

March 1958 (USA) See more »

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Out on Probation See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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$100,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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