Last Christmas I got what appeared to be a fabulous present-- a book about "Caddyshack" called "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Greatest Movie Ever Made." A great bathroom reader, right? Not so much. I don't want to seem ungrateful, but it should have been called "Everything You Didn't Want to Know..." The author interviews everyone from the set designer to Cindy Morgan-- the biggest name in the movie he was able to get access with. And by interview, I mean finds out everything about their childhood and career. I like "Caddyshack", but knowing that the actor who played Danny Noonan's dad was devastated at the premiere to see his part dramatically cut, doesn't exactly make me fall off the throne in amazement.
It has some good insider moments, but I think I'd rather relive it with some commentary as we watch the classic lines you still hear now and then... or everyday in the newsroom. It was interesting to know they used two golf courses-- one in California and one in Florida. I thought it was insightful to know that Morgan and Chevy Chase didn't get along on the set. But you'd never know it by watching their scenes which is included here along with the rest of Chevy Chase's genius role of "Ty Webb."
Of course, Bill Murray pretty much launched his career into stardom with his role of "Carl Spackler" the creepy greenskeeper who becomes obsessed with killing a gopher. Of course, the fuzzy little foreigner has to crack the whip first. "DAMN YOUR EYES, MAN!"
It's a little known fact, that Murray's role was originally small, but his excellent ad-libbing was so hilarious that the writers expanded the role for more scenes like the classic, "Cinderella Boy."
And then there was Ted Knight, the classic funnyman from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" who didn't party with the rest of the cast-- according to the book, who took the brunt of the jokes. But like Dean Wormer in "Animal House" ('Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son'), his lines are some of the funniest. Hey, you send me an instant message in the newsroom and you'll hear, "I demand satisfaction!"
Many people, including myself, will argue the funniest scenes in the movie are with Knight's "Judge Smails" and "Al Czervik" played by Rodney Dangerfield. "Oh, it looks good on you, though!" As good as that is, I think this is the funniest exchange in Caddyshack:
So, forget the book-- you'll only tear your hair out as you read about the arduous task by the prop man to construct the gopher and come up with the proper "sound" it should make. Just pull up some clips or watch the movie the next time it comes on late night and wait for your favorite lines like: "You gonna eat your fat?" "Spaaaauuullllddiinnnggg!"
Oh, and I did find the the theatrical trailer to the movie, but it's not exactly appropriate for this forum, so you'll have to search that one yourself.