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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nan
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Yates
James Hall ...
Tommy
Laura Lee ...
Betty
Sumner Getchell ...
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College Professor
George Bickel ...
Trustee
Russell Saunders ...
Russ Saunders of Southern California (as Russ Saunders)
Tim Moynihan ...
Tim Moynihan of Notre Dame
Bill Banker ...
Bill Banker of Tulane University
Howard Harpster ...
Howard Harpster of Carnegie Tech
Ray Montgomery ...
Ray Montgomery of Univ. of Pittsburgh
Otto Pommerening ...
Otto Pommerening of Michigan
Red Sleight ...
Red Sleight of Purdue
Kenneth Haycraft ...
Kenneth Haycraft of Minnesota
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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 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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4 October 1930 (USA)  »

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Eleven Men and a Girl  »

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The play, "The College Widow," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 20 September 1904 and closed in May 1905 after 278 performances. See more »

Quotes

Nan: It's alcohol! That's gotten you kicked out of a dozen colleges.
Tommy: It's got a kick, all right.
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Crazy Credits

Joe E. Brown's character is called "Yates" in the credits, but is always referred to as Speed Hanson in the dialogue. Similarly, Sumner Getchell is billed as "Whiskers" but is called only Ned, and George Irving is credited as "College Professor," but is actually President Sheffield of the college. See more »

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Version of Freshman Love (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep It Up for Upton
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Archie Gottler and George W. Meyer
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
School song sung by the students twice
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Wild Bill Picks Up the Football, Joe E. Brown Scores
22 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Along with the extraordinary output of William Wellman -- "Public Enemy, "Wings," "Wild Boys on the Road," "A Star is Born" and so forth -- there are a number of fairly ordinary entertainment films such as the studio would have wanted made. "Eleven Men and a Girl" -- which is the title I saw it under -- is one of them, a college football comedy played by Joan Bennett, Joe E. Brown and a squad of non-acting football players drawn from the ranks of the top teams of the two previous seasons. There are several visual touches that drive this above the purely ordinary, such as a graph of a football field, with positions indicated, each marked by a photo of the heroine (Bennett), whose gentle scheme is to get all of the fellas to believe that they have a sweetheart in her order to pump them up to greatness, as per George Ade's play "The College Widow," already filmed twice before. As the camera moves along the photos, cutaways are used to show the boys practicing hard, striving to make their game better. The film is dominated, however, by rubber-faced comedian Joe E. Brown, and this picture was important in establishing his popularity among film goers, although he would make better ones. Brown's trademark yowl is perhaps too much in evidence in the course of this picture, but audiences got the gag, and it was a sound-specific gag, important in 1930. Drawbacks, however, include Bennett's under-baked performance and those of the football players who prove that, in 1930 as now, the vast majority of footballers cannot act, despite whatever acumen they may have on the gridiron. For Wellman, this project may have just been something to get out of the way so that he could start work on "Public Enemy," but the film is at its best when he decides to linger on a detail; otherwise, it could have been a two-reeler.


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