Keep Your Head Up, Kid the Don Cherry Story makes for pretty good TV. You do have to get over the extremely bad imitation Cherry voice-over. Jared Keeso is good as the sartorially challenged pundit even if he has all his teeth. Keep Your Head Up, Kid moves at a pretty quick pace, tells an interesting story, and has a good sense of humor. You do not need to be a hockey fan to enjoy this hockey biography. The Don Cherry Story airs March 28th and 29th 2010 at 8 on the CBC.
Part 1 of Keep Your Head Up, Kid: the Don Cherry Story covers Cherry’s childhood, his meeting and marrying Rose (Sarah Manninen) and his many years in the minors. The highlight in this first part is Cherry’s encounters with Eddie Shore, the maniacal owner of the Springfield Indians.
If you’ve read Cherry’s biography, you’ll notice the voice over text in this hockey biography is pretty much the same text.
The high collar shirts and suits made from too loud for an Italian restaurant upholstery material show up when Cherry retires, starts selling Cadillacs, and before he becomes a coach for a bunch of kids. He then decides to make a comeback as a hockey player with the Rochester Americans in 1971.
Episode 2 of Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story begins with Cherry as coach of the Rochester Americans. He then gets to be coach of the Boston Bruins. This is where the show uses actual game footage to show some events during the famous Montreal – Boston playoff series.
Nothing much is said about the year with the Colorado Rockies and the transformation to color commentator and Coach’s Corner is done in less than ten minutes.
You got to give it to series writer Tim Cherry: nothing about Don Cherry gets glossed over and the man did have his flaws.
Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story makes for great TV Sunday March 28th and Monday March 29th 2010 at 8 P.M. on the CBC