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The Band Plays On (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Sport | 21 December 1934 (USA)
A judge hands four wayward boys to a college football coach who turns them into backfield stars.

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Tony Ferrera
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Stuffy Wilson
Leo Carrillo ...
Angelo
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Ted Healy ...
Joe O'Brien
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Howdy Hardy
Russell Hardie ...
Mike O'Brien
William Tannen ...
Rosy Rosenberg
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Bob Stone
Norman Phillips Jr. ...
Stuffy as a Boy
David Durand ...
Tony as a Boy
Sidney Miller ...
Rosy as a Boy
Beaudine Anderson ...
Mike as a Boy
Betty Jane Graham ...
Kitty as a Girl
Joe Sawyer ...
Mr. Thomas (as Joseph Sauers)
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A judge hands four wayward boys to a college football coach who turns them into backfield stars.

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A gay and exciting picture of the laughs and loves and football thrills of college life! (original ad) See more »

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Drama | Sport

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Passed | See all certifications »
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21 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Backfield  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcasts in Los Angeles Wednesday 22 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in San Francisco 15 January 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7); in New York City, its earliest document telecast took place 9 March 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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Fictionalized Four Horsemen
10 May 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This movie about the lives, loves and problems of four young friends who grow up to be the core of a winning college football team is very well put together. However, like other movies in which the storyline stretches over a long time, it seems unfocused and long-winded.

Given the large number of stars, up-and-coming actors and would-be stars, that's probably inevitable. There are some very good performances from people I would not expect to give them. Stu Erwin shows flashes of temper that are contrary to his usual milksop persona. Betty Furness, whose abilities as a movie actress usually began and ended with her having been Miss America, is sweet and believable. However, those sequences resort to a lot of chitchat and that is not very cinematic. Cameraman Leonard Smith compensates with a lot of traveling shots; editor William LeVanway uses a lot more wipes than MGM pictures typically did.

The result is a movie that is eminently watchable for its details and sequences but seems a lot longer in getting to the inevitable redemptive football game than the 87 minutes this clocks in at. It's an engrossing but unmemorable movie.


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