Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins.

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(screenplay), (story "Odds Against Honor")
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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
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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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Drama | Romance | Sport

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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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Have things changed all that much?
18 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While "The Big Game" has a few clichés and is predictable, it is enjoyable. It also lets the viewer know that cheating at college sports certainly is NOT a recent phenomenon!

Phillip Huston stars as Clark Jenkins--a star football player for Atlantic University. Atlantic is one of the best teams in the country and has gotten that way by blatantly cheating. Some of the players are former professionals who are WAY too old to be playing, some consort with gamblers and some get under the table payments to play. In other words, things back in the 1930s were a lot like today! However, inexplicably, although Atlantic clearly cheats, the viewer is expected to cheer for the school and its big star. This is a serious weakness of an otherwise enjoyable picture. Overall, clichés and all, it still manages to oddly entertain.


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