That's My Boy (1951)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Odd Couple Film, Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

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.



family, generation-gap, nerd, sports, boy, football, play [recreation], son