Interview: Cindy Morgan

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Duff here…

A few years back I caught the documentary Caddyshack: The Inside Story on the Golf Channel, ( yes it exists, think lots of Badger Vance), it’s not a fantastic look into the classic comedy and the zaniness that surrounded it, but it’s interesting view into the world of film making. For a fan of the original film, (the second one is as dead to me as Godfather III), it made me appreciate the film not just for it’s comedic qualities but also it’s place in cinema history.

I was born the year the film came out, so obliviously I did not see it in the theaters. I was introduced through re-runs on cable, VHS, and the one liners from the film that have invaded the public conscience, which are too many to add here. After watching the documentary, I realized Caddyshack would’ve been the equivalent to the “American Pie” or “Something About Mary” of my late teen years, (I graduated in 99). But unlike Caddyshack, those films won’t be talked about 30 plus years past their release. 

Caddyshack is a rare, inspired feat; it’s a volcano of comedic talent.

Think about it; Caddyshack was the first film directed by Harold Ramis; it featured Bill Murray and Chevy Chase in their prime (FYI: Bill Murray is always in season); it’s written (loosely) by Ramis, Brian Doyle Murray, and Doug Kinney (Kinney and Ramis wrote Animal House); it featured the top stand up in the world at the time Rodney Dangerfield; starred Ted Knight; and introduced us to some young, fresh faces, among them, a blonde bombshell named Cindy Morgan. 

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Cindy’s channels Lacey Underall, the rich, flirty, partying niece of pious Judge Smalls (Ted Knight). Lacey is the girl from the right side of the tracks, and is immune to the word “no”, consequently there aren’t too many men wanting to say it to her anyways. Lacey spends her days at Bushwood Country club doing whatever she wants with whoever she wants. She’s the girl every caddy is after, and can literary make them stop whatever they are doing when she enters their presence (the pool scene); she owns them. The character and Cindy’s performance are iconic; not just for the visual elements but the comedic prowess as well. 

The scenes with her and Chase are especially good.

Lacey Underall: I bet you’ve got a lot of nice ties.

Ty Webb (Chase): How do you mean?

Lacey Underall: Would you like to tie me up with some of your ties, Ty?

If you don’t know Cindy’s work from Caddyshack, maybe too sporty for you nerds, then you differently know her as Yori from Tron. There isn’t a fanboy this side of the mainframe that hasn’t dreamt about getting on a lightcycle. I remember the first time I saw Tron, I was about 9, at a friend’s house. His dad was a computer programer, really geeky. He was the first kid to have internet. I remember the wonderful blue lines everywhere. It also got me thinking about what computers are, also can I get sucked into my Nintendo? Zelda might be fun?

Plus, Bridges is superb.  I always thought his zen like Kevin Flynn very Dude-esque.


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The films a classic, I feel doesn’t really get the credit it’s really due. Maybe because it’s a Disney flick? Anyways… After these films, Cindy went on to do some tv (“Falconcrest”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, “Amazing Stories” and “Bring ‘Em Back Alive), guest spots, etc…she never really got the career she deserved honestly. Railroaded by some producer as the story goes, (watch the Caddyshack behind the scenes). But that doesn’t mean Cindy stayed out the showbiz, she went on to produce five indie films with Larry Estes. He produced one of the biggest films of the late 80’s “Sex, Lies, and Videotape”, kickstarting the career of Steven Soderbergh.

Cindy is currently working on an autobiography, “From Catholic School to Caddyshack”, which is due out next year. She does appearances all over the country, and there are internet rumblings of her being in the next Tron outing. She was extremely kind in answering my questions.

I hope you enjoy them as much I did thinking them up. Also kudos to Dava Desjarlais, Cindy’s agent for facilitating.

Duff: You were a radio DJ before Caddyshack, what did you like to spin?:

Cindy Morgan: I worked almost every format! I started with classical music. From there I went to work as a news stringer at a talk radio station. Then pop music, classic rock and jazz. Somewhere in the middle I did rock and jazz. And at some point I did the weather very badly in Rockford, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Duff: The name Lacy Underall brings on special feelings for men of a certain age. How do you view her?

CM: LOL Lacey Underall brings on special feelings for men of many ages! I saw Lacey as a woman who enjoyed life and enjoyed sex, and sometime she like to have a little bit of fun with people, usually good-naturedly.

Duff: And what is that makes her stand out over so many other female characters in that era of comedy?

CM: Lacey took life on her own terms at her own speed. Caddyshack was shot in 1979 and this was very much the goal for women of that day. Quite frankly I’m trying to life on my terms now, even in entertainment.

Duff: Caddyshack, is well documented for an ever evolving script and lots of improvised scenes. We know the finished project was hilarious, but I’ve often wondered if it’s this funny on-screen, it has to 10x funnier off-screen. If they are not too incriminating; what were some of the shenanigans going on off camera?

CM: You know what they say: “If you remember Caddyshack, you weren’t really there.” I see the film and I have no idea how the editor, Bill Carruth, put it together. In my book, I go scene by scene and picture by picture I can tell you were with where I was that day and what was happening from first-hand experience. I was very lucky be a part of this film, but I can promise you that something like this will never be done again. The insurance companies wouldn’t allow it.

Duff: Is there a favorite scene or one that is more memorable than others for you?

CM: If I remembered what I was thinking during a scene, I wasn’t paying attention. Those guys (Chevy,Harold Ramis, even the crew sometimes) were throwing everything at me, and I was lucky to known when the camera was rolling. During the “I was born to love you” song by Chevy, you can see where I figure out that we’re actually filming the scene.

Duff: Gonna put you on the spot: Who’s funnier Bill Murray or Chevy Chase?

CM: Don’t even!

Duff: If that’s too tough a call who was a better kisser?

CM: How would I know? 😉

Duff: If both these are too hot, who’s the better golfer?

CM: Billy.

Duff: To me, Caddyshack, in many ways is so great because of Harold Ramis’, his direction, his re-writes. What was Harold like?

CM: Harold was sweet, funny and soft-spoken. And he would whisper naughty little suggestions for Lacey into my ear. Harold really was Lacey.

Duff: According to IMDB and fanboys across internet chatrooms, you’ll be in the next Tron film. I thought it was terrible Yori was left out of Tron Legacy. Can you give us any updates on that?

CM: I see on the IMDB that I’m rumored to be in TR3N. This is one rumor that I did not start. 😉

Duff:Do you prefer Jeff Bridges pre-beard or post-beard? I prefer post-beard.

CM: I don’t remember being consulted. 😉

Duff: Speaking of Tron, a film for geeks everywhere is so revered, was the first film to really embrace computer generated special effects. When you were making it, did you go this is just a gimmick to sell tickets or is this the beginning of something revolutionary in film making?

CM: We knew it was special. It just took 30 years for everybody to catch up.

Duff: You’ve produced several films with Larry Estes, the “Hollywood’s Quiet ‘Godfather’ of the Offbeat Film” (NY Times); what was that like?

CM:He got independent films off the ground, and I learned a LOT about film making.

Quite frankly, it was as I always suspected: 1) Everybody just got here 2) Nobody’s really sure about what there’re doing. 😉

Duff: Last question; what’s your handicap and do you have any pointers how to straighten out a wicked slice? My game is atrocious.

CM: I actually play golf, and with a few lessons, I can keep up. My handicap is any golfer on the back nine who’s “had a few” and recites every line from the movie. But you know what? I smile and listen.


Cindy is very gracious with fans and very active on social media, make sure to give her a Follow or a Like. She also has autographed photos available on her website!

Remember friends Yori Lives!

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