Film / Daddy-O
is a 1958 exploitation picture from American International Pictures
Phil Sanderberg, a high-panted, smooth-crooning, truck-driving hepcat who his friends know as "Daddy-O", meets a blond bombshell when she tries to run his truck off the road. Guy meets girl again at a nightclub. They have a drag race. Meanwhile, the hepcat's best friend is run off the road by drug-dealing bad guys and dies in the crash. Though our hero is briefly accused of causing the accident that killed his best friend, he is quickly exonerated — but with his driver's license suspended. Daddy-O turns detective and goes undercover at the bad guys' nightclub to find out who really caused his best friend's death. He poses as a singer at the nightclub, singing "Rock Rock Candy Baby!"
and moonlights driving the drug smugglers' car. The blond girl wants to help him investigate, so she gets hired on as a cigarette girl, against our hero's wishes. Somehow or other, though they bicker constantly
, the good guys manage to fall in love and solve the crime.
Featured in a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode
Daddy-O provides example of the following tropes:
- Affably Evil: Sidney Chillis, who manages to stay level-headed no matter the situation... until his own considerable neck is on the line, that is.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension
- Big Bad: Chillis
- The Dragon: Bruce Green, the obnoxious gym manager with the extra-thick glasses he can't see without (though he can barely see with them). Becomes The Starscream when he tires of Chillis putting him down and decides to attempt a doublecross.
- Evil vs. Evil: The competing drug dealers with whom Sonny got involved, resulting in his death; though they never actually cross paths with Chillis during the movie, they make their presence known to Phil.
- The Fifties
- Jerkass: Jana. A less likable love interest you'll be hard-put to find, especially since she's partially responsible for Phil losing his driver's license and initial job.
- Notable Original Music: The music composed by John Williams. Yes, that John Williams! "Rock Rock Candy Baby!"
- Police Are Useless: Averted. Phil's parole officer is very supportive in offering him help finding work and they do a thorough job at the end when finally called in to arrest the criminals.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the opening scene, "Daddy-O" is in his truck getting harassed on the road by the blond bombshell "heroine" (and future love interest). With him is a cute little pooch. However, after this scene, the dog's never seen, mentioned or heard from again.