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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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Cast overview:
Elizabeth Cooper
Connie Cooper
Mr. Jessup
Ellen Cooper
Professor Sullivan (as James G. Backus)
Richard Tyler ...
Joe Birch
Buddy Martin ...
Frank Mills ...
Assistant Football Coach
Mickey McCardle ...
John McKee ...
Louise Lorimer ...
Mrs. Jones


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 <>

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


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22 December 1949 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Papai Era Um Craque  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 16, 1950 with Fred MacMurray reprising his film role. See more »


Elizabeth Cooper: George Cooper, I hope you realize you've given that child a complex. Her psyche will be scarred from this as long as she lives.
George 'Coop' Cooper: Have you seen mine lately?
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

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A Underrated Funny Family Movie
22 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am so due to watch this film since I really enjoyed it the last time I saw it, which was almost 10 tears ago. I wouldn't think a cornball movie like this, one a lot of people today would think is stupid, would be enjoyable....but it was.

Here's another classic movie in which I enjoyed the corny expressions of the day. Usually I hear those most notably in the early 1930s films but there is lot of it here, too, many of them coming from little Natalie Wood.

Betty Lynn, playing older sister "Connie" to young "Ellen" (Wood), also is good in her kooky role. Fred MacMurray and Maureen O'Hara play the parents, "George and Elizabeth Cooper." This really isn't a football story, despite the title. It's a screwball family-type comedy, many of which I never cared for me, but this has good charm and humor. MacMurray is his normal likable self, as when he played in the early Disney films such as "The Absent Minded Professor."

Since MacMurray plays a football coach, there is some gridiron storyline in here, and it's unique because of the different-kind of ending regarding his team.

This movie has a neat twist at the end of it, too. Not well-known, I suspect, this is a true "sleeper," a fun family movie another era long gone.

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