Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins.


(screenplay), (story "Odds Against Honor")


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Huston ...
Clark Jenkins (as Philip Huston)
George Scott
June Travis ...
Margaret Anthony
Cal Calhoun
Pop Andrews
Pete Jenkins (as Guinn Williams)
Spike Adams
C. Henry Gordon ...
Brad Anthony
Jay Berwanger ...
Himself - University of Chicago All-American
William Shakespeare ...
Himself - Notre Dame All-American
Robert 'Bobby' Wilson ...
Himself - Southern Methodist All-American
James 'Monk' Moscrip ...
Himself - Stanford All-American
Irwin 'King Kong' Klein ...
Himself - New York University All-American
Gomer Jones ...
Himself - Ohio State All-American
Robert 'Bones' Hamilton ...
Himself - Stanford All-American


Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins. The plot is typical but the on-field action is pretty good featuring real players using some actual footage. The idea for the riot scene came from an actual brawl at an NYU-Fordham football game. Written by sandlot3

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Release Date:

9 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Grande Jogo  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The novel "Big Game" by Francis Wallace was first published as a serial entitled "Odds Against Honor" in Collier's magazine in 1935. The idea for the riot scene came from an actual riot at a New York University-Fordham University football game. RKO bought 1000 feet of the 1935 Rose Bowl game footage for use in the film. See more »


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Some of the more realistic football scenes on film
25 September 2006 | by (Seattle, USA) – See all my reviews

Although the film is not one of the best sports films ever made, and the storyline is droll and trite, to my surprise, some of the action sequences using the actual actors were more realistic than most football films; especially of this era, and especially with this sort of story. No poorly acting pitching as Ronald Reagan showed in "The Grover Cleveland Alexander Story" or odd batting stance of Anthony Perkins as Jimmy Persall in "Fear Strikes Out" or faked boxing as in "Rocky". This is a dated film per the acting, direction, plot, and so forth, but this actually adds to its charm. Was America actually this way: polite, articulate, innocent? My guess is that it actually was in this era. James Gleason as usual is excellent, the settings nostalgic even to someone far too young to have memories of the time, and a young Andy Devine is fun to watch and listen to with his trademark squeaky and broken voice. Of much interest to me is the first-time screenwriter is Irwin Shaw who later would become one of America's most renown novelists with "The Young Lions", "Rich Man, Poor Man", Beggarman, Thief", and "Evening in Byzantium". Additionally, this film cast actual college football stars, including the first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger from the University of Chicago and the immortal King Kong Klein. For these reasons, this film is a must for the sports film buff. As a work of art, this film fails; but as a guilty pleasure it scores high.

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