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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Claire Gore
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Coach Gore
Arthur Byron ...
Dr. Phillip Sargent
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Buck Weaver
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Barnett
Arthur Hohl ...
Seymour Young
Charles C. Wilson ...
Hauser
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Matthews (as Guinn Williams)
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Petrowski
Phillip Reed ...
'Wes' Westerman
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Prof. Spencer Trask
Berton Churchill ...
Otis
Harry Beresford ...
Professor
Herman Bing ...
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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Meet Me in the Gloaming
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Arthur Freed, Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart
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Oddball Entry in Wellman's Resume
3 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

College Coach isn't a bad film in any respect and better than most of it's contemporary college football-themed brethren, but I'd like to make a few admittedly mild observations: watching it reminded me of the 40-year old looking college "kids" that would do walk-ons on Ozzie and Harriett in the early 60's. Almost all the principal football players here are over 30 (Lyle Talbot was 31, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams 33, Nat Pendleton was 37!)... even Dick Powell was 28 or so. This one's got almost all of Warner's stock company: Donald Meek, the underrated Arthur Hohl, Herman Bing (a tragic comedic character actor), daffy Hugh Herbert, and Guy Kibbee's brother, Milton. It seemed like half the cast of Footlight Parade's here. Another thing: even as late as 1933, college life was an unattainable netherworld to most of the audiences that paid 15-cents to see this. Having the college on the verge of insolvency managed to humanize an institution that might've as well been on Mars to most Depression-era Americans. Made during the late spring-early summer of pre-code 1933, this one's nowhere near as racy as many of the studio's other releases of the year. Bonus: keep your eyes peeled for John Wayne taking one of his many 1933 walk-on breaks from Warner's micro-budget Lone Star oaters. His future buddy (and fellow right-winger) Ward Bond is also on hand as an assistant coach. Still I don't know how Wellman (who had an astounding 7 films released that year!) sandwiched this between timely Wild Boys of the Road and the steamy Female.


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