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Father Was a Fullback (1949)

Passed  -  Comedy | Sport  -  22 December 1949 (Australia)
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Football coach George Cooper has as many problems managing his football team as he has at home dealing with his daughters, Ellen and Connie.

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George Cooper
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Elizabeth Cooper
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Connie Cooper
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Mr. Jessup
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Geraldine
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Ellen Cooper
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Professor Sullivan (as James G. Backus)
Richard Tyler ...
Joe Birch
Buddy Martin ...
Cheerleader
Frank Mills ...
Assistant Football Coach
Mickey McCardle ...
Jones
John McKee ...
Cy
Louise Lorimer ...
Mrs. Jones
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Neighbor
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Coach George Copper's college football team is losing game after game, much to the dismay of stiff-and-stuffy but influential alumni Roger Jessup, and also having trouble at home with his oldest daughter, Connie. The team keeps losing and Coach Cooper is about to lose his job as his efforts to win the last game of the season, against the team's Big Rival, end in disaster. But, unknown to he and his wife, Elizabeth, Connie has sold an article, called "I Was a Bubble Dancer" to a 'True-Confession" magazine, and the girl-who-couldn't-get-a-date becomes suddenly popular and, because of her, the high-school football star from another town decides to play his college-ball for Coach Cooper. Jessup is forced to keep Cooper on as the school's football coach. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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I wanted to live DANGEROUSLY so I married a football coach (who lost every game)

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Comedy | Sport

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22 December 1949 (Australia)  »

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Father Was a Fullback  »

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A month after the film's release, 'Natalie Wood (I)' received the child of the year award in celebration of Children's Day. See more »

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Elizabeth Cooper: Not going, he a professor, teaches English literature
Ellen Cooper: No, I mean going
George 'Coop' Cooper: Helen, That's ridiculous, go and get clean up
Ellen Cooper: Daphne heard him gurgling on the phone like a worn out wolf about being a freshman in college
Elizabeth Cooper: Oh What an Idea
[looks at George, stunned]
Elizabeth Cooper: George Cooper!
Ellen Cooper: And he was pitching woos to a girl, Daphne thinks maybe she ought to tell her mother
Elizabeth Cooper: George you didn't
George 'Coop' Cooper: Father little helper
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Pleasant Family Comedy, Just Before TV -- Which It Resembles
3 August 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Maureen O'Hara would have made any man a perfect wife. And she was -- we are talking strictly on screen here -- a good mother too.

This has a little to do with football and mostly to do with the growing pains of an adolescent girl. The actress who plays her did go on to TV. Here she is pretty unappealing. Her younger sister is Natalie Wood. I don't think I ever liked Wood in a movie made when she was an adult but she was a bewitching child actress. She sparkles here.

Fred McMurray does a decent job. Never a favorite of mine, he too had a major career in television.

What drew me to this was Thelma Ritter, always a delight. She plays the family's live-in maid. A lot of movies have maids, usually back-talking ones. Would a football coach at a state college, with a terrible team, have been able to afford what seems such a luxury now? It doesn't seem likely. But her presence is most welcome.


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