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DADDY-'O' (aka: Downbeat, Out on Probation)
"Meet the 'Beat'! Daring to Live... Daring to Love!"

-- Film Synopsis:
     An extremely dated 1950's Tight-Sweater-Wearing, Drag Racing Teenage youth gone wrong cult-flick that populated the drive-ins in the 1950's. Singer Dick Contino stars as Daddy-O, as Phil Sandifer, who loses it all in a drag race and the death of his buddy which he thinks Jana (Giles) is the cause of it all. He is soon approached by a shady but polite fat man named Greenstreet (Vesota) who owns a club called the High Note to work for him entertaining his young Rock and Roll guests. Contino does learn that VeSota was in fact responsible for his buddy's untimely demise. So he sets out to nail VeSota and his henchman.

* Movie Features:
     As for dancing, very little is done in this film, but for Swing dance fans this film features Gil and Nicky Brady whose California style West Coast Swing dancing was outstanding in their day. It also features large breasted Swing dancer and actress Sandra Giles as 'Jana' in one of the few movies she made. The beautiful and lovely Sandra was supposedly the studio's answer to Jane Mansfield but Sandra couldn't act, never-the-less, if you know Sandra it's really fun to watch her do her stuff as the "Bad Girl."

Daddy-O (Sandra Giles) Daddy-O (Dancing) Daddy-O daddy-O Dancing 2

More Film Information below

Film Date:

Movie Studio:



1958 Columbia / Tri-Star Home Video Lou Place [DVD | VHS]

Film Runtime:

Country Made:



74 minutes USA English Black and White

Film Genre:

Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Drama / Crime / Mystery Gil and Nicky Brady ECS | WCS Swing Dance Good

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Bob Banas None: Specialty Dancers Bruno VeSota
Gil and Nicky Brady   Dick Contino
Sandra Giles   Gloria Victor
    Jack McClure
    Robert Banas
    Ron McNeil
    Sandra Giles
    Sonia Torgeson

Dances performed in this film   

Special Dance Interest

West Coast Swing n/a n/a Sandra Giles
the Jitterbug     West Coast Swing
    Gil and Nicky Brady

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands | Musicians | Singers

Posters | Lobby Cards

Angel Eyes Dick Contino Daddy-O Lobby Card 1
Rock Candy Baby  
Wait'll I Get You Home  

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Cast Recordings | Soundtracks

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Sheet Music Covers

n/a n/a Black Board Jungle n/a
    Carnival Rock  
    Hot Rod Girl  
    Hot Rod Rumble  
    Naked Youth  
    Teenage Crime Wave  
    Teenage Doll  
    Untamed Youth  

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