The Caddy

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The Caddy
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Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Paul Jones
Written by Danny Arnold
Edmund Hartmann
Starring Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
Donna Reed
Production
  company
York Pictures Corporation
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • August 10, 1953 (1953-08-10)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,864,112[1]
Box office $3.5 million (US)[2]

The Caddy is a 1953 American film starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis.

It was filmed from November 24, 1952 through February 23, 1953 and was released by Paramount Pictures on August 10, 1953. It was later re-released in 1964 on a double bill with another Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis picture, You're Never Too Young.

This was the team's first film since 1950s At War with the Army to be produced by their own production company, York Pictures Corporation.[citation needed] It is also notable for cameo appearances by some of the leading professional golfers of the era (all playing themselves), including Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and Julius Boros.

Plot[edit]

The story centers around Harvey Miller (Jerry Lewis), whose father was a famous golf pro. He wanted Harvey to follow in his footsteps, but poor Harvey is afraid of crowds. Instead, at the advice of his fiancée Lisa (Barbara Bates), Harvey becomes a golf instructor. Lisa's brother Joe (Dean Martin) becomes Harvey's first client and becomes good enough to start playing in tournaments, with Harvey tagging along as his caddy. Donna Reed plays the wealthy socialite who Dean wins over.

Joe's success goes to his head and begins to treat Harvey poorly. They begin to quarrel and cause a disruption at a tournament and Joe is disqualified. However, a talent agent witnesses the spectacle and advices that they go into show business.

Harvey conquers his fear and they become successful entertainers. At the end, Harvey and Joe meet up with another comedy team who look just like them, Martin and Lewis!

Music[edit]

The score for the film includes the hit "That's Amore", sung by Dean Martin. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best song, but it did not win.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

During shooting, on 8 January 1953 production was suspended for 23 days when Lewis entered Cedars of Lebanon Hospital with a fever. The movie became Martin and Lewis' most expensive to date.[1]

Promotion[edit]

The team made a promotional radio message for the movie. Several outtakes, available on The Golden Age of Comedy: Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis CD, feature Dean and Jerry trying to get through five lines of dialogue. When either one of them messed up a line, they exchanged several lines of profanity.

Home media release[edit]

The film was included on an eight-film DVD set, the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume One, released on October 31, 2006.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael A. Hoey, Elvis' Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Film Career of Norman Taurog, Bear Manor Media 2013
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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