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Knute Rockne All American -- Pat O'Brien delivers a powerful performance as the famed Notre Dame football coach in this moving biography. Featuring a stellar performance by Ronald Reagan as "the Gipper."
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Director:
Writers:
Robert Buckner (original screen play)
Mrs. Knute Rockne (based upon: private papers of, and the reports of Rockne's intimate associates and friends)
Contact:
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Release Date:
5 October 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
An American for All Ages-Knute Shines **** See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pat O'Brien ... Knute Rockne
Gale Page ... Bonnie Skiles Rockne

Ronald Reagan ... George Gipp

Donald Crisp ... Father John Callahan, C.S.C
Albert Bassermann ... Father Julius Nieuwland (as Albert Basserman)

John Litel ... Committee Chairman
Henry O'Neill ... Doctor
Owen Davis Jr. ... Gus Dorais

John Qualen ... Lars Knutson Rockne
Dorothy Tree ... Martha Rockne
Johnny Sheffield ... Knute - Age 7 (as John Sheffield)
Moreau Choir of Notre Dame ... Themselves (as The Moreau Choir of Notre Dame)
Nick Lukats ... The Four Horseman
Kane Richmond ... The Four Horseman
William Marshall ... The Four Horseman
William Byrne ... The Four Horseman
Howard Jones ... Himself
Glenn 'Pop' Warner ... Himself
Amos Alonzo Stagg ... Himself (as Alonzo Stagg)
William 'Bill' Spaulding ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Chandler ... Worker (scenes deleted)

Pat Flaherty ... Worker (scenes deleted)
William Haade ... Worker (scenes deleted)
Frank Mayo ... Reporter (scenes deleted)
John Ridgely ... Reporter (scenes deleted)
Erville Alderson ... Kansas Farmer Witnessing Airplane Crash (uncredited)
Rudolph Anders ... Elder in Norway (uncredited)
Peter Ashley ... Player (uncredited)
Evelyn Atchinson ... Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
Tommy Baker ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Tommy Bennett ... O'Reilly (uncredited)
Georgie Billings ... Boy Quarterback (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Trainer (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Elder in Norway (uncredited)
David Bruce ... Reporter When Knute is Ill (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Danny - Post Office Paymaster (uncredited)
Richard Clayton ... O'Flaherty - a Student (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Messenger (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham ... Reporter on Train (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... West Point Football Player (uncredited)
Billy Dawson ... Knute Rockne Jr. - Age 12 (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Doc - Knute's Friend at Kansas City Airport (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Train Porter (uncredited)
David Dickinson ... Bill Rockne - Age 10 (uncredited)
Lucile Fairbanks ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Army Assistant Coach (uncredited)
Bunky Fleischman ... Bill Rockne - Age 5 (uncredited)
John Gallaudet ... Notre Dame Coach Harper (uncredited)
Peter B. Good ... Bill 'Billy' Rockne - Age 2 (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Man Wheeling Knute's Wheelchair (uncredited)
Jack Grant Jr. ... Bill Rockne - Age 14 (uncredited)
Billy Gratton ... Jackie Rockne - Age 4 (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Callahan's Secretary (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
Michael Harvey ... Player (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Committee Member (uncredited)
Patricia Hayes ... Jeannie Rockne - Age 10 (uncredited)
George Haywood ... Student (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Assistant Coach Hunk Anderson (uncredited)

William Hopper ... New York Reporter When Knute is Ill (uncredited)

George Irving ... Doc - a Notre Dame Professor (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ... Boy (uncredited)
Lois James ... Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Boy Captain (uncredited)

Brian Keith ... Student at Train Station (uncredited)
Owen King ... Western Union Clerk in Kansas City (uncredited)
Marilyn Kinsley ... Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
Lois Lindsay ... Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
Pete Mehringer ... Player (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Player Eating Bonnie's Chicken (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Extra at Train Station (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Player #12 (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Army Coach (uncredited)

George Reeves ... Distraught Player (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... Extra at Committee Hearing (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Molly - Gipp's Mother (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Jeff - Reporter on Train (uncredited)
Billy Sheffield ... Knute Rockne - Age 4 (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Committee Member (uncredited)
Phil Thorpe ... Boy Center (uncredited)
Ruth Tobey ... Isobel (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Professor (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Elder in Norway (uncredited)
David Wade ... Knute Rockne - Age 7 (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Commissioner at Hearing (uncredited)
Garry Watson ... Boy (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Gambler (uncredited)
Robert Winkler ... Tommy (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Football Fan at Game (uncredited)
Maris Wrixon ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
William K. Howard (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Robert Buckner (original screen play)

Mrs. Knute Rockne (based upon: private papers of, and the reports of Rockne's intimate associates and friends) (as Mrs. Rockne)

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Alvarado .... assistant director (uncredited)
Frank Anthony .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jesse Hibbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Rex Wimpy .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Don Siegel .... montage (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
 
Other crew
J.A. Haley .... technical advisor
Nick Lukats .... technical advisor
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
98 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #6204) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of only two movies to be filmed on the University of Notre Dame campus. The other was Rudy (1993).See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The West Point game was played in November, but the weather as shown, hot and dry, is not typical of upstate New York in November.See more »
Quotes:
Knute Rockne:We haven't got any use for gamblers around here. You've done your best to ruin baseball, and horse racing, and this is one game that's clean and is gonna stay clean.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Carolina in the MorningSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An American for All Ages-Knute Shines ****, 15 May 2006
Author: edwagreen from United States

Pat O'Brien had his best role ever as Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. From humble beginnings, Rockne entered Notre Dame as a student circa 1910. He is into chemistry but becomes a marvelous football player and hero.

Upon graduation, he teaches chemistry at the school but he has got the football fever that tugs at him, this forces him to give up chemistry to pursue his dream of coaching the game. In a way, too bad, the school probably lost a great chemistry teacher-certainly far better and nicer than the one I had in high school. (Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn to be exact.)

He motivates his students. He will not tolerate academic underachievement. He is a coach for all seasons.

O'Brien captures that common kind touch. One of his students, George Gipp, is memorably played in a fine brief supporting performance by Ronald Reagan.

The years pass and the achievements run high-but Knute remains the same kind coach who testifies before Congress when football is called into question.

Donald Crisp is outstanding as a Notre Dame priest who knew that Rockne was destined to coach football. Albert Basserman is adequate, but his Jewish accent in the portrayal of a priest is awkward at best. Basserman was nominated that year in the supporting category for "Foreign Correspondent."

Rockne's tragic death, in a plane crash, robbed the world of many more years of a totally professionally wonderful human-being. The film is great.

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