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Idol of the Crowds (1937)

Johnny Hanson wants to make enough money to enlarge his chicken farm. He does this through hockey. Gangsters get involved in trying to get him to throw a championship game, even lining up a woman to help steer him their way.

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Andy Moore (as Clem Bevins)
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Lee Ford ...
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Retired hockey player Johnny Hansen, in order to make money to enlarge his chicken farm, returns to the game and leads his team into the championship series. Just before the series starts, he is offered a bribe to throw the games but refuses. An attempt is made on his life which results in Bobby, the team's mascot, being injured. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Middle Class John Wayne
23 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The 30 year old middle class John Wayne does not always get the scripts that endear him to universal audiences. Although he can demonstrate range in his acting abilities, when he tells a black maid that she better get out of the room before he ships her back to Africa, this immediately demonises Wayne even to his hard core fans. Bearing in mind that he married a Mexican, we do not have to be lulled into thinking that he was averse to diversity, but the scripting of this film had a lot to be desired. Both the writer and director take pride in insulting the quintessential mammy whose bustle turns out to be the rest of her body. Her eyes roll like a caricature, and the lines that she is given is unpalatable.


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