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That's My Boy Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Dean Martin
as Bill Baker
Jerry Lewis
as "Junior" Jackson
Ruth Hussey
as Ann Jackson
Eddie Mayehoff
as "Jarring Jack" Jackson
Marion Marshall
as Terry Howard
Polly Bergen
as Betty Hunter
Hugh Sanders
as Coach Wheeler
John McIntire
as Dr. Benjamin Green
Francis Pierlot
as Henry Baker
Lillian Randolph
as May, the maid
Selmar Jackson
as Doc Hunter


Hal B. Wallis
Lee Garmes
Jay Livingston
Jimmy McHugh
Leigh Harline
Composer (Music Score)
Warren Low
Franz Bachelin
Art Director
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Edith Head
Costume Designer