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That's My Boy (1951)

That's My Boy (1951)





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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis' second starring vehicle was the odd mixture of slapstick and sentiment known as That's My Boy. Lewis is cast as Junior Jackson, the milquetoast son of former college football All-American "Jarrin' Jack" Jackson (Eddie Mayehoff). Regarding Junior as a disgrace, Jarrin' Jack hires amiable jock Bill Baker (Dean) to make a man out of his son. The film's climax is the inevitable Big Game, in which Junior fumbles and stumbles about before finally proving his mettle. Ruth Hussey plays Junior's understanding mother, while Marion Marshall and Polly Bergen portray Martin and Lewis' respective girlfriends. By 1990s standards, That's My Boy is more melancholy than funny, with Jarrin' Jack coming across as a neurotic blowhard who takes out his frustrations on his clumsy but likeable offspring. Audiences in 1951 were convulsed, however, and the film was a huge success. A TV-sitcom version of That's My Boy, starring Eddie Mayehoff, Rochelle Hudson, and Gil Stratton Jr., appeared in 1955.
Classics , Comedy
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Paramount Pictures


Dean Martin
as Bill Baker
Jerry Lewis
as 'Junior' Jackson
Eddie Mayehoff
as 'Jarring Jack' Jackson
Ruth Hussey
as Ann Jackson
Marion Marshall
as Terry Howard
Polly Bergen
as Betty Hunter
Hugh Sanders
as Coach Wheeler
John McIntire
as Benjamin Green
Francis Pierlot
as Henry Baker
Selmer Jackson
as Doc Hunter
Tom Harmon
as Sports Announcer
Selmar Jackson
as Doc Hunter
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Just like in 'My Friend Irma' Lewis and Martin steal the show despite the fact the best actor in the show is Eddie Mayehoff. In a nutshell 'That's My Boy' is a fun comedy worth watching, but don't expect something large.

Matthew James
Matthew James

The story is OK, but is far from original. Lewis and the comedy in general start out funny, but it seems to fade as the movie progresses to the point that the end has little to no funny moments. I was amazed by how young Lewis looked- just like an 18 year old, Martin on the other hand was too old to play a college student.

Nick Krolikowski
Nick Krolikowski

Jerry's character is so shy and restrained that he doesn't get to do what he does best, which is being completely spastic. The movie is unoriginal, predictable and really kind of boring. Dino is quite the unlikeable tool in it as well. And at age 33, he's the least convincing college freshman ever. I'll give it some points for a few funny Jerry moments, but there aren't nearly enough of them.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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