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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 »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
User Reviews:
O'Brien Steals the Film 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:
Ronald Reagan once said of his role that though there were those who could have played it better, nobody wanted the role more than he did.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 36:22, as Gipp plays with a blade of grass in his mouth, each cut for several seconds is inconsistent.See more »
Quotes:
Knute Rockne:Father, I've decided to take up coaching as my life's work.
Father John Callahan:Hmmmm.
Knute Rockne:You think I'm making a mistake, don't you?
Father John Callahan:Anyone who follows the truth in his heart never makes a mistake.
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O'Brien Steals the Film, 15 December 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Knute Rockne All American (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Fun, winning story from Warner about the life and career of Knute Rockne (Pat O'Brien), the man who will forever be remembered as changing the way football was played while coaching at Notre Dame. If you're looking for a 100% accurate biography on Rockne then you might not want to start here but there's no question that the producers and studio had their hearts in the right place and they've at least delivered a very entertaining look at several highlights in the career of Rockne. I thought the film was highly entertaining from the start as we see Rockne's family coming to America and all the way up until the final day in the life of the legend. The film covers his days of attending college, his work as a chemist, his marriage to Bonnie Skiles (Gale Page) and of course his relationship to George Gipp (Ronald Reagan). The film certainly makes you care about Rockne and especially his fast-talking style, which someone like O'Brien can do with ease. The actor certainly turns in a very good and energetic performance as he has no problems making you believe he knows football and his speeches are flawless. Page is also good in her supporting role as is Donald Crisp and John Litel. Reagan appeared in countless films in his career but it's easy to see why his four-or-so minutes here are his most remembered. The football scenes are all directed extremely well, although there are still moments where stock footage is used. I think the film works best whenever we see Rockne on the field, coaching up his boys and working new plays to change the way the game was played. KNUTE ROCKNE ALL American is very "American" in the way he shows football as a patriotic thing and this too is something that helps carry the film.

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