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The Cowboy Quarterback (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 29 July 1939 (USA)
Football scout for the Chicago Packers Rusty Walker signs Harry Lynn, a legendary broken-field runner. Harry won't leave his home town without his girlfriend Maizie Williams. He gets ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Bert Wheeler ...
Marie Wilson ...
Maizie Williams
Gloria Dickson ...
Evelyn Corey
Rusty Walker
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Steve Adams
Handsome Sam Saxon (as DeWolf Hopper)
William Gould ...
Colonel Moffett
Charles C. Wilson ...
Coach Hap Farrell (as Charles Wilson)
Frederic Tozere ...
Mr. Slater (as Fredric Tozere)
John Harron ...
Mr. Gray
John Ridgely ...
Mr. Walters
Eddie Acuff ...
Airplane Pilot
Lem - the Mailman


Football scout for the Chicago Packers Rusty Walker signs Harry Lynn, a legendary broken-field runner. Harry won't leave his home town without his girlfriend Maizie Williams. He gets tangled up with gamblers and Rusty's girl Evelyn Corey makes a play for him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance | Sport


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29 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Although the onscreen credits list the play's writers as Ring Lardner and George M. Cohan, the play's opening night production credits list Lardner as the writer and Cohan as the producer. See more »


In the beginning, the two actors were shown in a closed plane side by side. When the plane was shown flying in a long shot, it was a open plane with the actors not side by side. See more »


Version of Fast Company (1929) See more »


Underneath a Western Sky
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome and Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by William Hopper (guitar and vocal)
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15 December 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Cowboy Quarterback (1939)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Really lame comedy about a professional football coach who travels to the middle of nowhere to find Harry Lynn (Bert Wheeler) who is said to be a terrific quarterback. The dimwit is a star at throwing the ball and he turns the Chicago Packers into a winning team but before the championship game he loses money to some gamblers who now wants him to throw the game. THE COWBOY QUARTERBACK is a really bad film that doesn't work on many levels and it pretty much put an end to the career of Wheeler, or at least in leading roles. I guess you can't blame him too much since this here was the first picture he had done after the death of his partner Robert Woolsey and without the duo it's clear Wheeler's entire brand just wasn't the same. Of course, one major problem is the horrible screenplay that doesn't offer up anything funny and instead is just one cliché after another. The film starts off with some really lame jokes aimed at Indians but things don't get any better once the actual football stuff starts. The majority of the stuff is just stock footage and what real footage there is is just poorly directed. Wheeler's character here is incredibly annoying and there's not a single second to where you like him. Marie Wilson isn't too bad as his silly girlfriend but she doesn't have too much screen time. When people talk about the greatest year for movies, 1939 often gets the majority of the votes but there's a clear reason why this thing is never mentioned.

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