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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 »

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Lou Place

Writer:

David Moessinger (story and screenplay)
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Cast

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
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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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The Wildest Twosome in Town - She Was Beautiful and He Was Bad! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out on Probation See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Imperial Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film marks composer John Williams's first feature film score. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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"Want some?"
7 December 2001 | by emingesSee all my reviews

Oh, Lordie, is this a wonderful movie. The only JD movie that compares is High School Confidential. You'll watch it again and again, consumed with envy at Dick Contino's sheer studliness and convulsed in laughter at some of the worst continuity in modern history.

Hot rods! Well, a T-Bird and a TR-3. Hot sex! Well, more naked Bruno VeSota than is probably good for you to see. Steamy dialogue! Well, "Want some?" was pretty hot in 1959. Juvie crime! Well, Dick Contino was no more a teenager than he was a Soviet cosmonaut, but he WAS running dope for Big Bruno.

And it DOES feature Bruce, the gym rat. Watch this movie, ponder this movie, and remind yourself that someone, the actor, the director, the writer, SOMEONE had to invent the incredible bundle of character twitches that is Bruce.

Daddy-O Notes: Dick Contino is alive, well, still studly in his early seventies, and the living master of the show accordion. You can buy current Dick Contino CD's and promotional merchandise, you can see him live in person. According to one interview, Dick is famous for, and I quote, "humping" his accordion as he plays. Oh, that I should live so long. Does he still hike, hike, hike hike his pants up?

Jack McClure, who played Bruce, was also in "Friendly Persuasion." At one point the poor deluded fellow might actually have thought he had a career going.

When the movie came out, my little brother and I, absolutely forbidden to see this or any other immoral movies about juvies and their chicks, were enthralled by the ads that ran constantly on the radio. One featured a woman's voice shouting, "Daddy-O! Look out BEHIND you!" and a stock sound clip of a skidding car's squealing tires. When MST beat up on Daddy-O I taped it (naturally) and watched it over and over - kids, that line is NOT in their version. Is there a "long" version, a la Wicker Man? A director's cut?

Ghod, when it comes to sheer entertainment value, they just don't make 'em like this any more. All this movie lacks is beatniks, a polar bear on a tricycle, and a coupon for free beer.


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