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Pigskin Parade (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Sport | 23 October 1936 (USA)
Married coaches Slug and Bessie find hillbilly football tosser Amos and the team gets invited to the Yale Bowl.



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Complete credited cast:
Bessie Winters
Slug Winters
The Yacht Club Boys ...
Singing Quartette
Chip Carson
Laura Watson
Sally Saxon
Ginger Jones
Sairy Dodd
Tommy Barker (as Anthony Martin)
Biff Bentley
Mortimer Higgins
Herbert Van Dyke
Edward J. Nugent ...
Sparks (as Eddie Nugent)
Julius Tannen ...
Dr. Burke


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 Shawn Ashley

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Comedy | Musical | Sport


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Release Date:

23 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der springende Punkt  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Hold That Bulldog" (music by Lew Pollack, lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell), sung by Judy Garland and Ensemble, was cut from this film. The audio is presented on a soundtrack CD, paired with the score of The Wizard of Oz (1939), from the French label Chansons Cinema. See more »


The last name of Elisha Cook Jr.'s character is spelled "Van Dyke" in the end credits. However, every time it is seen on-screen during the film, e.g. on the pamphlets he hands out, it is spelled "Van Dyck." See more »


Slug Winters: We haven't got a chance! We haven't got a chance!
Bessie Winters: You haven't got a brain either.
Slug Winters: I haven't got a brain... What are you doing here?
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Featured in Making the Team: The Talent of 'Pigskin Parade' (2007) See more »


Woo! Woo!
Written by The Yacht Club Boys
Performed by The Yacht Club Boys and cast
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Well Produced
25 March 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The big draw here is a 14-year old Judy Garland, lighting up the screen whenever she appears. Too bad she doesn't have a starring role and better songs. Also, there's a 20-year old Betty Grable as one of the eye-candy co-eds. The story's nothing special. It's a big football game between little Texas State and big-time Ivy League Yale. Texas has a new coach (Haley) and his behind-the-scenes brains, (wife Kelly). Texas has no chance until wife Kelly spots cornpone farm boy Irwin who has a slingshot arm. With a little finagling they get him enrolled and made team quarterback. Now the little team from the West stands a chance, that is, if wife Kelly gets to make the big decisions.

Irwin has the good-ole-boy drawl down pat, which is pretty funny. On the other hand, Kelly's pretty shrill as the loud mouth missus, undercutting her comedic impact, at least in my book. The college dance scenes, however, sparkle, especially the big one before the game. However, I could do without the Yacht Club Boys whoever they are-- Garland should have gotten their singing spots. And get a load out of that fierce rabbit Elisha Cook playing an aggressive campus communist, of all things. Even then, he appeared as a hapless fall guy. At the same time, somebody spent a bucket load turning the LA Coliseum into a snow bowl for the big game. It's very realistic, but after 40-years, I'm still waiting for real snow on my LA home.

Other than Garland and Grable and a few sparkling moments, there's not much to recommend, unless you're into old time football.

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