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The Gladiator (1938)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 15 August 1938 (USA)
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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June Travis ...
Iris Bennett
Man Mountain Dean ...
The Wrestler
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Lucien Littlefield ...
Robert Kent ...
Tom Dixon
Ethel Wales ...
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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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Kicking the pigskin for a skinful of laughs ! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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15 August 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Gladiator namens Hugo  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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 »

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On To Victory
Written by Walter G. Samuels and Charles Newman
Performed by Joe E. Brown and June Travis
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Strange combination of material
11 December 2006 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Although a complete diversion from the landmark novel, it's not fair to judge this comedy on the basis that it's not faithful. As it stands, it's a decent B-movie comedy for Brown, who was a much bigger star - mostly due to his radio work - than anyone remembers today. Surprisingly, there is a bit of Wylie left in the story, as Brown is at first elated by his powers, but is later disturbed by them.

This comedy feature not only completely converts a section of Wylie's novel into a comedy, but some material is borrowed from Harold Lloyd's THE FRESHMAN. Most notably, there's the scene where Brown tries out for the team and stands in for the tackling dummy.


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