Bessie and Winston "Slug" Winters are married coaches whose mission is to whip their college football team into shape. Just in time, they discover a hillbilly farmhand and his sister. But the hillbilly farmhand's ability to throw melons enables him to become their star passing ace. Written by
According to the 2007 Twentieth Century Fox release of the DVD, Pigskin Parade was plagued with accidents during the filming while on location in the Los Angeles area. A misfired gun loaded with blanks sent one USC student actor to the hospital with eye burns when the gun accidentally fired into the crowd, also injuring three other students. Other accidents involving USC students took place during the football rally scene. Two of the band members sprained their ankles in the fast-paced marching scene while another student sprained his neck vertebra while putting on his brass horn. One accident that involved several cast members was a fire on the set while filming at a railroad station in Chatsworth, California. Harry Brand, Fox's Publicity Director, sent a press release saying, "Those in Twentieth Century Fox's musical cast who helped extinguish the blaze by forming an old-fashioned bucket brigade included Stuart Erwin, Johnny Downs, Arline Judge, Betty Grable, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, plus several other supporting actors.... luckily no one was hurt." See more »
When the couples are dancing on the field at the end, Amos is wearing his socks and cleats. He would not have had time to find them by now in the snow and mud, much less put them on. See more »
"Pigskin Parade" is a thoroughly enjoyable college football musical - the kind of fluffy, unpretentious froths 20th Century Fox usually done well. It recounts the events leading to a big charity football game between Texas State University and Yale.
Sure at times it's silly and corny; but when you come across an innocent and charming cast that includes Judy Garland (in her debut!), Betty Grable, Stuart Erwin, Arline Judd, Jack Haley, Patsy Kelly, Alan Ladd, Tony Martin, Elisha Cook Jr, plus those enchanting musical numbers, any flaw or implausibility has to forgiven.
The teaming of Jack Haley and Patsy Kelly as the married coaches guiding TSU at the Yale Bowl is itself fun to watch. You should see Haley's reaction when he finds out his wife has injured the team's star player! Stuart Erwin as the dour hillbilly tosser Amos Dodd later turned ace footballer is hilarious!
Judy Garland, on loan from MGM, looks very young in her role, three years before she starred again with Jack Haley in "The Wizard of Oz".
The young, up-and-coming Betty Grable, with her carefree enthusiasm, was a delight to watch again after she starred in another frothy campus musical "Old Man Rhythm"(1935). This is one her earliest roles and she handles it in a bouncy, exuberant manner like most of her best roles.
David Butler's direction is unpretentiously fluid, breezily mixing slapstick and highly uproarious songs/numbers. My favorites are "The Balboa", "It's Love I'm After", "You Say the Darndest Things" and "We're Glad to Be In College".
Watch it and Enjoy.
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