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Fred Niblo Jr. (screen play)
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Release Date:
29 July 1939 (USA) See more »
Football scout for the Chicago Packers Rusty Walker signs Harry Lynn, a legendary broken-field runner... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Passable entertainment and that's about it See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bert Wheeler ... Harry Lynn

Marie Wilson ... Maizie Williams

Gloria Dickson ... Evelyn Corey

William Demarest ... Rusty Walker

Eddie Foy Jr. ... Steve Adams

William Hopper ... 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

Clem Bevans ... Lem - the Mailman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Trevor Bardette ... The Indian (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Glen Cavender ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Cozy Walsh - Packers Player (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Broadcaster (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Berries O'Leary - Packers Player (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Lon King - Packers Player (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Airport Official (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... Game Announcer (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Jail Guard (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Jeff Abbott (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Benny Ross ... Entertainer (uncredited)
Garland Smith ... Airport Attendant (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Casino Extra (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Joe Wade - Packers Player (uncredited)

Dale Van Sickel ... Football Game Official (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Casino Extra (uncredited)

Dick Wessel ... Gyp Galbraith - Packers Player (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Noel M. Smith  (as Noel Smith)
Writing credits
Fred Niblo Jr. (screen play)

Ring Lardner (from a play by) and
George M. Cohan (from a play by)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... producer (uncredited)
Mark Hellinger .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Howard Jackson 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (photography)
Film Editing by
Doug Gould (film editor)
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester D. Guthrie .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Hal Borne .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Louis Sarecky .... comedy construction by (as Lou Sarecky)
Harry Seymour .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A First National Picture)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

56 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | USA:Approved (PCA #5405) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Three cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Cliff Saum (Field Announcer), Eddie Graham (Photographer) and Jeffrey Sayre (Photographer).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Elmer, the Great (1933)See more »
Underneath a Western SkySee more »


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1 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Passable entertainment and that's about it, 14 February 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I am going to say something absolutely terrible and it may shock fans of old time comedy. Wheeler and Woolsey were, with the exception of the Ritz Brothers as well as Hitler and Mussolini, one of the unfunniest comedy teams in history. They were quite popular in the early to mid-1930s but they definitely have not aged well. I've seen most of their films but the best I could find were only tolerable entertainment. Now, by 1939, Woolsey had since died and Bert Wheeler tried to make a go of it in comedy without his annoying partner. Well, considering that Wheeler was the straight man and also quite annoying, the film was at best passable entertainment. This was made even worse by the fact that it was a remake of a mediocre film made only 6 years earlier (ELMER, THE GREAT). In most ways, the original film was better though fortunately Wheeler came off as a bit more likable than Joe E. Brown's character--though Wheeler was still a self-important idiot.

The 44 year-old Wheeler is supposed to be a hot prospect for pro football and the film begins with an agent (William Demarest) arriving in Montana to sign Wheeler to play for the Chicago Packers. Oddly, Wheeler has absolutely no mind of his own (probably because he just seemed really, really dumb) and this decision could only be made by his fiancée, Marie Wilson (playing a role that might have been easily adapted for Woolsey had he lived). Wilson is also quite dumb and together they might have half a brain. But to make matters worse, she's rather abrasive and the coach conspires with the agent to get her back to Montana. Once gone, Wheeler shows that he's a complete idiot and extremely co-dependent--making a mess of living on his own. By the end of the film, however, Wheeler manages to save the day and everyone seems very happy....except for the audience who were still probably waiting for a few laughs, though they never really materialized.

By the way, William Hopper (later of "Perry Mason" fame) is present but with all the personality of a block of wood. He's tall and somewhat handsome but with practically no screen presence at all. Interestingly enough, he himself played a football player in OVER THE GOAL.

An interesting curio if you want to see Wheeler without Woolsey, otherwise this is a recycled plot, the characters aren't engaging at all and the film has the look of a toss-away B-movie. Watchable but nothing more.

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