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Harmon of Michigan (1941)

Tom Harmon (ol' # 98 for the Michigan Wolverines, husband of actress Elyse Knox and father of Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon)took a back seat to no one on the football field (except the ... See full summary »

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Tom Harmon ...
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Forest Evashevski ...
Forest Evashevski
Oscar O'Shea ...
'Pop' Branch
Warren Ashe ...
Bill Dorgan
Stanley Brown ...
Freddy Davis
Ken Christy ...
Joe Scudder
Tim Ryan ...
Flash Regan
William Hall ...
Coach Jimmy Wayburn
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Harvey
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Ozzie
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Gasoline Chuck
Sam Balter ...
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Wendell Niles ...
Wendell Niles
Tom Hanlon ...
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Tom Harmon (ol' # 98 for the Michigan Wolverines, husband of actress Elyse Knox and father of Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon)took a back seat to no one on the football field (except the Minnesota Gophers) or, later, in the broadcast booth, but, on film, he managed to find himself in two of the all-time bad sports movies..."The Spirit of West Point" and "Harmon of Michigan." The latter, if it had been a true-life biography of Tom Harmon, might have made a passable film but after a short prologue, narrated by sports writer Bill Henry who is not the same as actor William Henry, that semi-recaps Harmon's football-playing days at the University of Michigan, it quickly develops into a mess that indicates the director and writers used the technical adviser, Coach Jeff Cravath, only to put plays on the blackboard. Once Harmon,(supposedly playing himself but the character he plays here has more character flaws than the law allows), graduates from Michigan, he marries his college sweetheart Peggy... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A SCREEN SCOOP...TOM HARMON...THE FOOTBALL STAR OF THE DECADE...BROUGHT TO YOU AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS FAME! (original poster-all caps)

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11 September 1941 (USA)  »

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Great respect for Tom Harmon -but not this film
2 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film started out well as the history of Tommy Harmon playing on the Michigan football field was shown with all its glory. It was at this time that the viewer believes that they are going to get a look inside the life of one of the best football players in American history. Instead we get a fantasy of make-believe stories that 'may-happen' somewhere down the line as nearly all this story, except his playing days at Michigan, is all fiction.

From his one day coach stint, his coaching with his former mentor and his breaking of football rules, and his redemption- they are all part of things that never happened. I felt duped. I guess I could have reviewed the history of Harmon and notice that the movie was filmed just a year after his playing days, but the regular viewer does not always feel the need to do a background history before viewing a broadcast.

The one thing that stands out in this film is the realism of plays on the football field. They were nicely put together and reflected the true formation at the time. This may have been a much better film had the movie been presented in a different manner and better actors were hired. Instead we are left with a film that took advantage of the situation and made a fiction out of a life that needed no embellishment.


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