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
Margaret Anthony
Cal Calhoun
Pop Andrews
Pete Jenkins (as Guinn Williams)
Spike Adams
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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Drama | Romance | Sport






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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Parts Are There But It Just Doesn't Click
12 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

College quarterback gets involved with gamblers and falls for the daughter of a sports columnist. Movie wavers between sports drama, comedy, and crime picture. The football scenes aren't bad, despite the stock footage. The cast is actually decent. Phillip Huston shows a lot of promise. It was apparently his first film role in a limited career. I'm not sure why he didn't break out. He's not bad looking and has a very relaxed screen manner for 1936. Bruce Cabot is fine. Andy Devine is...well, Andy Devine. Donkey voice and all that. An acquired taste for many. James Gleason is great as usual but this isn't one of his better parts. June Travis is a pretty enough love interest, though a little colorless. Some solid support from Guinn Williams and C. Henry Gordon, among other recognizable faces. Despite being a competent production with some good actors, the film is kind of a snore.

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