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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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Release Date:

March 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out on Probation See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Imperial Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Bruce Green: Couldn't help ya if I wanted to, fella. Gym policy.
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Burn in hell Daddy-O! And your pants too!
30 December 2006 | by Torgo_ApprovesSee all my reviews

A disastrously outdated and just basically unlikeable comedy/thriller/musical/torture device from the late 50's, Daddy-O chronicles the life of badass singer/womanizer/tough guy/knucklehead Pete Plum and his involuntary involvement in the drug dealing business. As the informative IMDb plot description states, Pete Plum a.k.a. the title character wears his pants far too high. I mean, this guy is to wearing pants what George W. Bush is to improving the US' relationship with foreign countries. He's *so* unbelievably bad at wearing pants, Joel and the 'bots even write a song dedicated to his pants-wearing skills (let's face it, it's pretty unlikely that you would watch this movie anywhere outside the MST3K show).

And there you have it, the one funny thing about this movie. As soon as the jokes about hiking pants up are over, the movie is pure pain. PURE, TOTAL PAIN. There's not an iota of anything of interest ever happening. It's just oh so dull, dull, dull! This junk brings a new meaning to the world "dreary". The only scene I even remember is when the fat boss takes off his shirt (oh, how I wish I could forget!). Beached whales are more appealing.

There is one positive aspect of this garbage, though: once you've seen it, you'll be more tolerant of boring movies. So the next time you walk out of whatever dreary, soapy melodrama Paul Haggis unleashes next upon his unsuspecting audience, and one of your friends complains about what a borefest it was, you can always say "hey, at least it wasn't as dull as Daddy-O".


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