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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)
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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:
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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 ... Moreau Choir (as The Moreau Choir of Notre Dame)
Nick Lukats ... Harry Stuhdreher-One of The Four Horsemen

Kane Richmond ... Elmer Laydon - One of The Four Horsemn
William Marshall ... Don Miller - One of The Four Horsemen
William Byrne ... James Crowley - One of The Four Horsemen
Howard Jones ... USC Coach Howard Jones
Glenn 'Pop' Warner ... Coach 'Pop' Warner
Amos Alonzo Stagg ... Coach Alonzo Stagg (as Alonzo Stagg)
William 'Bill' Spaulding ... Bill Spaulding
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 ... Football 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 ... Football 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 ... Football Player (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Player Eating Bonnie's Chicken (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Extra at Train Station (uncredited)
Steve Pendleton ... Football 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
 
Stunts
Nick Pappas .... stunt double: Pat O'Brien (uncredited)
 
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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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) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #6204) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The football history portrayed in the movie plays fast and loose with a key element of college gridiron development. The film depicts Knute Rockne developing the forward pass in the 'teens, as an undergraduate at Notre Dame. However, the forward pass was legalized and used during the 1906 football season.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 16:47, people on the beach disappear, and also footprints in the sand are inconsistent.See more »
Quotes:
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 puts a club in the hands of an Irishman."
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Soundtrack:
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The fighting Irish, 28 July 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

"Knute Rockne All American", the biopic about the famous Notre Dame beloved coach Knute Rockne, is an excellent sports film to watch. Not ever having seen it, we were surprised by the technique used in the movie by director Lloyd Bacon, who shows he was ahead of his times in photographing football games. The result is a vibrant picture about the man responsible for the legacy of the collegian sport, Knute Rockne.

The film presents Rockne from his humble origins in Chicago to his studies in famed Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. He was an ambitious man who had a vision about how the game should be played. Luckily, he went to give his beloved Notre Dame the glory he was after.

Pat O'Brien looks a bit older when he starts as a freshman. In fact, he doesn't change much throughout the film, but he is fine as Mr. Rockne. Pat O'Brien shows he could inspire the players under him by just being a father figure. Gale Page plays Bonnie Rockne, the wise woman who understood her husband's call in life. Ronald Reagan plays George "The Gipper" Gipp, who was a legend that died much too young, but who left a legacy behind. Donald Crisp makes a good contribution as Father John Callahan who was Rockne's mentor at the university.

This film will delight not only sports because of LLoyd Bacon's direction and the fast pace he gives to the movie.

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