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College Coach (1933)

 -  Drama | Sport  -  4 November 1933 (USA)
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Coach Gore, a ruthless and cynical big-time football coach, neglects his wife in his unrelenting drive to make Calvert College a football power.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Sargeant
Claire Gore
Coach Gore
Arthur Byron ...
Dr. Phillip Sargent
Buck Weaver
Arthur Hohl ...
Seymour Young
Charles C. Wilson ...
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Matthews (as Guinn Williams)
Nat Pendleton ...
Phillip Reed ...
'Wes' Westerman
Prof. Spencer Trask
Berton Churchill ...
Harry Beresford ...
Herman Bing ...
Prof. Glantz


A ruthless coach (Pat O'Brien) creates turmoil at a college by hiring players (Lyle Talbot) and alienating students (Dick Powell). Along the way, the coach loses his wife (Ann Dvorak) to a grandstanding player. Inside look at college football of the 1930s replete with fake grades, non-student players, and the importance of football to a college's reputation. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

4 November 1933 (USA)  »

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College Coach  »

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$245,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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What Will I Do Without You
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Hilda Gottlieb
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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This ain't Knute Rockne
23 April 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Seven years before Pat O'Brien played his most famous part as Knute Rockne he essayed the role of another college coach thereby giving same title to this flick. This guy is not the hero Rockne was. He's not above using a few dirty tactics to win a game. In a way this movie anticipates films like The Program, it's two generations ahead of it's time.

Dick Powell is also in this as a smart football player who realizes he's in college to get an education. Not so Lyle Talbot who has eyes for O'Brien's wife played by Ann Dvorak. He's a ringer that O'Brien's brought in to win games and O'Brien's so preoccupied with winning he doesn't see the moves Talbot's making.

Powell has one song to sing in this film, an item called Lonely Lane by Sammy Fain-Irving Kahal. Nice, but not up to the usual numbers Powell got in those Busby Berkeley extravaganzas.

Fans of John Wayne and Ward Bond will get a chance to see both of them as football players which is what they were when working as prop men at the studios for summer eating money when John Ford spotted both of them. Wayne was doing some B westerns for Warner Brothers at the time and this was one of a few films he appeared in as a supporting player. One of a small handful.

As I said, an interesting film and way ahead of it's time.

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