Tommy Scott goes to a Connecticut college to become a doctor, but is soon discovered to be a prodigious football talent. He becomes a national star and falls in love, but fame and ill-advised financial deals threaten to ruin his future.
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Thomas Jefferson "Snakehips" Scott is the sensation of the freshman football squad at Bedford University. After a sensational sophomore season, varsity coach "Daisy" Adams gets him a summer "job" in the Maine woods as a bond salesman. The coach sends him there for conditioning purposes only, but Tommy is pleased with the $6,000 he gets for selling bonds he never even sees. Nice work if you can get it, in a situation that never seems to go out of style. Tommy, figuring that there is more where this came from, tells a graduate manager he will quit the team unless they pay him $50,000. The manager arranges with a broker to start an investment fund named after Thomas Jefferson Smith, the receipts from which will net Tommy his demanded amount. Thousands of shares are sold, but the broker gambles away the funds and commits suicide when legal authorities close in. The district attorney questions Tommy. The father of Tommy's college love offers Tommy $50,000 as a moral test if he will break ...Written by
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John Wayne plays a football player on the opposing team, Harvard, during the last game played in the film. He is, at times, the kicker, running back and quarterback, mentioned by the radio announcer as being named "Taylor". See more »
At no point during any of the many games played does Tommy (Richard Cromwell) ever wear a football helmet. However, helmets were not mandatory in college football until 1939. See more »
You know, it's a funny thing. You're going to find the same thing happening to you, when you get out of school.
Oh, people... being surprised that you haven't got a big job, just because you were a big football star. I only earn forty dollars a week - and I never did have very expensive tastes. I got a kid now, though - and that extra money would come in kinda handy.
Yeah - I guess it would.
Say, Scott - you don't mind my giving you a little tip, do you?
Not at all - I'd appreciate it.
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Richard Cromwell goes to college to get a lot of knowledge and become a doctor. When it turns out he's a great broken-field runner, football coach Douglass Dumbrille grooms him as next season's secret weapon. When he is unleashed, Cromwell is terrific, and gains national fame. Along the way he falls innocently in love with Dorothy Jordan, is schooled in the economics of college football by Leon Ames, and the unprofitable fleetness of fame by Ward Bond. There's also John Wayne as the entire Harvard football team, stunt casting of the 1931 USC Trojans -- they had won the championship that year -- plus Mae Marsh as Cromwell's mother and and an Robert Warwick as Miss Jordan's father, just to hammer the points home.
The copy of the movie I looked at last night on TCM was not in prime condition. That's a pity for any movie shot by Joseph August. Yet I could still see the appearance of the "Hero Portrait" lighting and shooting angle, not on the football field, but elsewhere, emphasizing the point that hero worship is a pose.
This movie takes a hard and cynical look at the big business of college football, and doesn't pull its punches, even as director Roy William Neill makes sure that all the plot points of juvenile romance, and thrills of college football are covered. In an era when college movies were about fun, games, and sexy co-eds, this dark example stands out from the crowd.
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