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College Coach (1933)

TV-G | | Drama, Sport | 4 November 1933 (USA)
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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Claire Gore
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Coach Gore
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Dr. Phillip Sargent
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Herbert P. 'Buck' Weaver
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J- Marvin Barnett
Arthur Hohl ...
Seymour Young
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Charles Hauser
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Matthews (as Guinn Williams)
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Ladislaus Petrowski
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'Wes' Westerman
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Prof. Spencer Trask
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Otis
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Professor
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Prof. Glantz
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Storyline

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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4 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Football Coach  »

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Budget:

$245,000 (estimated)
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(Mono)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne has a 5 second appearance as a fellow student welcoming Dick Powel's character back to school in the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Phillip Sargent: I'm against having this man Gore here at Calvert on any basis. He's a headline hunter, an unscrupulous high-pressure showman! I don't want to see our students turned into tramp athletes, stage-struck performers in a Saturday circus. Why, he's professionalized every college that's employed him. Surely, we can pay for our laboratory without resorting to the things that he stands for.
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Soundtracks

Men of Calvert
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Played and song during the opening credits
Reprised on piano and sung by students
Played and sung at football games
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The Old College Try
15 August 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"Calvert University" is facing bankruptcy. The board of trustees regret putting money into a science laboratory instead of financing football. "A winning football team is the answer to our problems," they agree. Since the Calvert players haven't won a game in three years, the college hires hard-nosed coach Pat O'Brien (as James Gore) to heat up the gridiron. Singing chemistry major Dick Powell (as Philip "Phil" Sargeant) is star player and the son of headmaster Arthur Byron (as Phillip Sargeant). Brought in to beef up the team, Lyle Talbot (as Herbert "Buck" Weaver) laments that Mr. Powell can't cook as the two become roommates...

With some sissy spoken innuendos, Mr. Talbot seems to have an implicit sexual interest in Mr. Powell. Nothing happens there, apart from their fight being peculiarly shot from the waist down. Instead, Talbot becomes interested in Coach O'Brien's neglected wife, sexy Ann Dvorak (as Claire). She's hard to resist. Football players seem to pass exams without even turning in test papers, which irks Powell. Everything comes together for the climactic big game. John Wayne has a bit part after about 11 minutes, welcoming Powell to the picture. "College Coach" is interestingly immoral, and nicely directed by William A. Wellman.

****** College Coach (11/4/33) William A. Wellman ~ Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell, Lyle Talbot, Ann Dvorak


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