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Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 5 October 1940 (USA)
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The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

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(original screen play), (based upon: private papers of, and the reports of Rockne's intimate associates and friends) (as Mrs. Rockne)
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Gale Page ...
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Albert Bassermann ...
Father Julius Nieuwland (as Albert Basserman)
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Committee Chairman
Henry O'Neill ...
Doctor
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Gus Dorais
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Lars Knutson Rockne
Dorothy Tree ...
Martha Rockne
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Knute - Age 7 (as John Sheffield)
Moreau Choir of Notre Dame ...
Moreau Choir (as The Moreau Choir of Notre Dame)
Nick Lukats ...
Harry Stuhdreher-One of The Four Horsemen
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Elmer Laydon - One of The Four Horsemn
William Marshall ...
Don Miller - One of The Four Horsemen
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Lars Rockne and his family, including his four year old son Knute, emigrate to Chicago in 1892 from their native Norway. By 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 duke1029

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Trivia

Lloyd Bacon replaced director William K. Howard, who was discharged over a disagreement with the studio. Reportedly he wanted to have Knute Rockne 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 Johnny Come Lately (1943), Howard only directed B-pictures after that (including one, When the Lights Go on Again (1944)) for bottom-of-the-barrel studio Producers Releasing Corp.) and ended his career with a film for Republic Pictures. See more »

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At 1:13:40, the position of the letter changes. See more »

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Committee Member: Mr. Rockne, couldn't football be replaced by some other game? Something less violent?
Knute Rockne: Well, what game would you suggest?
Committee Member: Well, hockey, for instance.
[This answer is greeted by raucous laughter in the committee room]
Knute Rockne: Why, as a matter of fact, I suggested that very idea to Father Callahan, our president. He was downright interested until we came to the use of sticks, and then he threw up his hands. He said, "No... , that game is not for our university. Notre Dame will never endorse any game that ...
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Happy Land
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Sung by Pat O'Brien as "Boarding House"
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Pat O'Brien was Outstanding
11 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Recently was traveling in Norway from Bergen, Norway and stopped in the small town of Voss, Norway and there was a monument in honor of Knute Rockne who was born in Voss years ago. The people all know about Knute to this day and tour guides are proud to stop at his monument. This film is a great history of this great man and his great love for Notre Dame Never realized that Knute has such great talents in chemistry and laboratory science and also taught chemistry for years and at the same time coached the football team. Ronald Reagan played the role of George Gipp, (The Gipper) who was an outstanding football player; Reagan had a short role, but gave a great supporting role in this film. Donald Crisp, (Father John Callahan) was outstanding as a priest who always had great faith in Knute during his entire life at Notre Dame. This is a great Classic film and will be viewed by many generations to come. Enjoy.


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