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The Big Game (1936)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  9 October 1936 (USA)
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Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Huston ...
Clark Jenkins (as Philip Huston)
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George Scott
June Travis ...
Margaret Anthony
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Cal Calhoun
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Pop Andrews
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Pete Jenkins (as Guinn Williams)
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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
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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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9 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Grande Jogo  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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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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Dull second feature
20 February 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

I don't care for (American) football, but it generally seems to entertain in movie format. From The Longest Yard to Rudy, there's something about the sport that translates well to celluloid. The Big Game, sadly, is not up to the standards of those other films, as it can't seem to decide whether it's a comedy, a crime drama, or an indictment of college football (which apparently was already controversial in the mid-30s!). James Gleason is wasted and only Bruce Cabot really draws any attention as the heel with a heart of gold. Andy Devine is particularly annoying in this one--be sure to turn the sound off whenever he's in an onscreen telephone conversation!


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