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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 »
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(10 articles)
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Knute Rockne movie more than a showcase for Ronald Reagan and a fun football movie 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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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:
Universal's The Spirit of Notre Dame (1931) was also based on Knute Rockne's life.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 56:56, the player moved his arm twice.See more »
Quotes:
George Gipp:Win one for the Gipper!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Happy LandSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Knute Rockne movie more than a showcase for Ronald Reagan and a fun football movie, 2 November 2010
Author: David Allen (TexAllen@Rocketmail.Com) from Columbia (Lancaster County) Pennsylvania, USA

Knute Rockne, All American (1940 Warner Brothers) starring Pat O'Brien, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp, and John Qualan is technically and artistically a splendid movie, far better than its reputation in many circles as mainly a nostalgia movie about one of college football's grand old men (Knute Rockne, long time football coach for Notre Dame University in South Bend Indiana).

It is a movie of which displays the very best talents of Warner Brothers movie studio at the height of it's golden age in the years immediately before USA entry into World War II.

The camera work, the special effects provided by Hollywood cameraman and then future director Byron Haskin (he later directed Walt Disney's "Treasure Island" [1950] and also George Pal's "War Of The Worlds" [1952] movies in the early 1950's and in his old age was interviewed on camera in the 1970's by Kevin Brownlow for the "Hollywood: The Silent Era" documentary series which described Haskin's silent era cameraman days), the slick and wonderful newspaper headline montages which punctuate and advance the movie story (which covers the entire, rather long life of Knute Rockne from his childhood in Norway to his death following decades of service as Notre Dame's football coach of fame) are all breathtaking.

This is no "airhead" movie.

In addition to the great way it captures the physical part of college football, and the charismatic personality of Knute Rockne during his coaching years (and also during his undergrad years as a student football player), the movie takes on the question of what place football and "big sports" have had and should have in the college world, and in American culture generally, and provides viewers with thoughtful, worthwhile answers worth pondering and reviewing often.

But briefly, Knute Rockne, All American (1940 Warner Brother) starring Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan is an intelligent movie about a subject many people doubt is intelligent at all....football and other big time contact sports.

Ronald Reagan is given second billing in the beginning credits as the co-star of the movie, Pat O'Brien's main co-star. Yet Reagan's time on the screen (he plays George Gipp, a World War I era Notre Dame University football player of fame who sadly died in his senior year at Notre Dame) is relatively brief.

Reagan's actor performance is underplayed, and quiet to the point of being undramatic. His more hysterical performance as "Drake McHugh" in King's Row (1942 Warner Brothers) two years later is rightly counted his best and most skilled movie actor performance by movie historians (he plays a character in King's Row who has his legs amputated and is spectacular in the scene where he discovers in a hospital recovery room what has happened to him).

This movie is part of the USA Federal Government Library Of Congress National Film Registry List and placed among 475 movies (as of 2010) ranked as important and notable due to aesthetic, cultural, and/ or historical importance.

Knute Rockne, All American (1940 Warner Bros) starring Pat O'Brien and Ronald Reagan is important in all three areas, a sweetheart of a movie worth screening often, truly a cinematic masterpiece not ranked usually among "the great movies," but worthy and excellent in every way.

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