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Maybe It's Love (1930)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Sport  |  4 October 1930 (USA)
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A college football player (Joe E. Brown) persuades a beautiful young woman (Joan Bennett) to individually flirt with an entire team of All-American football players, in order to entice them... See full summary »



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James Hall ...
Laura Lee ...
Sumner Getchell ...
College Professor
George Bickel ...
Russell Saunders ...
Russ Saunders of Southern California (as Russ Saunders)
Tim Moynihan ...
Tim Moynihan of Notre Dame
Bill Banker ...
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Howard Harpster ...
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Ray Montgomery ...
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Otto Pommerening ...
Otto Pommerening of Michigan
Red Sleight ...
Red Sleight of Purdue
Kenneth Haycraft ...
Kenneth Haycraft of Minnesota


A college football player (Joe E. Brown) persuades a beautiful young woman (Joan Bennett) to individually flirt with an entire team of All-American football players, in order to entice them over to her college. But the players get angry and threaten to walk out when they find out that they have been fooled, and they get even madder when they discover that she has actually fallen in love with one of their own teammates (James Hall). Written by Beeb E. Rebozo

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Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eleven Men and a Girl  »

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Crazy Credits

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Keep It Up for Upton
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Music by Archie Gottler and George W. Meyer
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One Great Minute Out Of Seventy-Two
25 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do yourself a favor. When this movie comes on, don't watch it, just save it. Then fast forward to about 15 or 20 minutes into the film, when Joan Bennett falls out of a canoe and climbs out of the water. Watch the one minute or so when she stands on the shore, soaking wet and apparently underwear-less in a clinging and largely transparent white dress. Then erase the movie. You've seen the best that this film has to offer.

I love Joe E. Brown, but he was a work in progress when this film was made. He greatly overdoes his loud, siren-like voice, and his slapstick is broad and unsubtle. All of the acting is wooden and stiff. And the gimmick of using real all-star football players in the cast certainly didn't add to the overall acting quality.

The script is nearly devoid of any actually funny lines, and the romantic "tension" that is supposed to develop isn't at all dramatic or interesting. There's not a bit of chemistry between the two actors who are supposed to fall in love. If you are a Joe E. Brown fan, he's made much better films. Although if you are a Joan Bennett fan, I have to admit, her other films probably never showed her off in quite the same way...

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