While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.

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Governor
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Rusty
Marjorie Weaver ...
Marjorie
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Lizzie Olsen
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George Barbier ...
Breckenridge
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Edie
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Dean Fletcher
Johnny Downs ...
Dink
Paul Hurst ...
Slapsy
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Mike (as Guinn Williams)
Brewster Twins ...
Themselves
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Sylvester (as Bill Benedict)
Frank Sully ...
Steve
Charles C. Wilson ...
Coach Burke (as Charles Wilson)
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While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.

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Several people are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Russell Hicks (President), Ruth Warren (Mother), Forbes Murray (Otis), Harry Hayden (Spokesman) and Clem Bevans (Judkins). A modern source states that John Barrymore's wife, Elaine Barrie was to be in the film, but her scenes were cut. See more »

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Donald Meek is credited onscreen as "Dean Fletcher," but he is called Dean Thatcher throughout the film. See more »

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Heads High
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Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Performed by students and reprised by them twice
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Barrymore Ruins the Show
15 May 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A wooly-headed governor lifts his sad-sack state school's football team into the front rank in order to boost his sagging senatorial campaign.

The movie bears more than a passing resemblance to 1936's Pigskin Parade, a much better movie. How you respond to this particular parody likely depends on Barrymore's wacko performance. I'm a minority, but I found his relentless eye-rolling spastic moves off-putting rather than funny. I thought great actors calibrated their performances. Here, his turn as the governor is anything but calibrated. It's like he doesn't want to steal every scene; instead, he wants to stomp on it. Too bad, because the antics detract from Joan Davis's genuinely humorous brand of comedy and Murphy's likable if sober-sided coach. In fact, I thought the highpoint of the cinematic stew-pot was Murphy's charming little soft-shoe shuffle near the beginning. Anyway, in my book, the film's for hardcore Barrymore fans only.


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