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The Gladiator (1938)

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A man returns to college and is talked into joining he football team and is a real joke on the team, until he is given a drug that gives him super strength.



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Complete credited cast:
June Travis ...
Man Mountain Dean ...
The Wrestler
Lucien Littlefield ...
Robert Kent ...
Tom Dixon
Ethel Wales ...
Mrs. Danner
Donald Douglas ...
Coach Robbins


A man returns to college and is talked into joining he football team and is a real joke on the team, until he is given a drug that gives him super strength.

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Kicking the pigskin for a skinful of laughs ! See more »


Comedy | Fantasy





Release Date:

15 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Gladiator namens Hugo  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The novel on which this film was based was reputedly one of the principal inspirations for the creation of Superman, who made his first appearance the same year. See more »


On To Victory
Written by Walter G. Samuels and Charles Newman
Performed by Joe E. Brown and June Travis
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Don't expect the novel
9 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a 16 mm movie made nine years after the book came out. For people interested in seeing an adaptation of Wylie's novel, you're in for a disappointment. Aside from the character's name, there is practically no relationship between the two stories. This slapstick comedy carries none of the weight found in Wylie's novel of the same name.

Joe E. Brown's brand of humor irritated the heck out of me. There were several scenes manufactured simply to allow him to use funny voices. The results were embarrassingly not funny.

The climax scene between Hugo and Man Mountain Dean was contrived to the point of being forced into the plot.

If you're curious, go for it. If you're a completest of this title (like me) go for it. If you think you're getting an adaptation of Wylie's novel...pass.

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