Lars Rockne and his family, including his four year old son Knute, emigrate to Chicago in 1892 from their native Norway. By his his mid-twenties Knute saves enough to attend obscure Notre Dame University, where he excels in football and chemistry. He and a teammate develop the forward pass as an offensive weapon while working as life guards on summer break and use it to upset heavily favored Army in a historic game. After graduation Rockne becomes a teacher while coaching part time but ultimately abandons academics to devote all his energies to football. During his tenure as head coach at the school, he develops such outstanding players as George Gipp, who dies prematurely from a strep infection, and the Four Horseman while introducing many innovative tactics including the backfield shift. Rockne, known for his staccato motivational speeches, devotes his life to maintaining the integrity of the sport he loves and promoting it as an integral component in the development of the American... Written by
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replaced director William K. Howard
, who was discharged over a disagreement with the studio. Reportedly he wanted to have Rockne to convert to Catholicism in the film. Producer Robert Fellows asked star Pat O'Brien to accompany him to the director's house to break the news to him. Howard, whose career was declining said, "Boys, this will destroy me!" When O'Brien said, "It's not so bad, Bill," Howard replied, "It is- a fadeout." With the exception of James Cagney's independent production of "Johnny Come Lately," Howard only directed B-pictures after that. See more
At 34:37, shadow on Gipp's shoulder. See more
Father John Callahan
Who can say for certain what a man was really born to be? That's God's will. Someday Knute will find his right place in the world, and when he does, whether it be science or not, I have a feeling it will be the one he was meant to do.
Referenced in M*A*S*H: Rainbow Bridge
Music by George R. Poulton
Played when Rockne convinces his coach to use the forward pass See more