Review: ‘The Caddy’

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis dig a lot of divots among the fairways of The Caddy. It's an amusing romp [from a story by Danny Arnold] that, while not always parring previous M & L successes, comes close enough.

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis dig a lot of divots among the fairways of The Caddy. It’s an amusing romp [from a story by Danny Arnold] that, while not always parring previous M & L successes, comes close enough.

Production tells how a couple of San Francisco boys, both liking golf, team for tournament play. Since Lewis can’t stand the strain of competition, he’s the caddy-manager for Martin. Early successes swell Martin’s head and he tries to break from Lewis. Their quarrel during a big match at Pebble Beach turns on a riot that ends with their plunge into showbiz when golf kicks them out.

Emphasis is on warm humor with heart. The comics have two femme stars as curvy contrasts for their antics. Donna Reed plays a rich society gal who sets her cap for Martin and gets him, even if Lewis’s ineptness does mix up the romance for awhile. Barbara Bates, as Martin’s sister, is Lewis’ sweetie.

Cut into the footage are some actual mob scenes of crowds around the NY Paramount Theatre when M & L were appearing there for a stage date.

1953: Nomination: Best Song (‘That’s Amore’)

The Caddy

Production

Paramount. Director Norman Taurog; Producer Paul Jones; Screenplay Edmund L. Hartmann, Danny Arnold, Ken Englund; Camera Daniel L. Fapp; Editor Warren Low; Music Joseph J. Lilley (dir.);; Art Director Hal Pereira, Franz Bachelin

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Dean Martin Jerry Lewis Donna Reed Barbara Bates Joseph Calleia Fred Clark

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