A star high school football player goes through the ups and downs of 'big-time' college athletics in the 1950's.

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Steve Novak
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Melissa
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T. C. McCabe
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Professor Megroth
Elliott Lewis ...
Eddie Abrams
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Coach 'Preacher' Tennant
Howard St. John ...
Belfrage
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Gene Hausler (as Aldo DaRe)
Alvin Baldock ...
Francis 'Clay' Clayborne
Wilbur Robertson ...
Bob Whittier
Charles Barnes ...
Moose Wagner (as Charles Mercer Barnes)
Bill Martin ...
Joe Mestrovic
Mickey Knox ...
Joey Novak
Sandro Giglio ...
Poppa Jan Novak
Tito Vuolo ...
Manuel
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High school football hero Steve Novak finds himself caught up in the world of big-time college athletics at Jackson University in the 1950's. He must balance his desire to get an education with the high expectations of his coach and "benefactor," by whose grace he is attending Jackson. Still applicable today, the movie shows that the problems of college athletics are not just a new phenomenon. Written by Jerry Milani <jerry@newyorkcity.com>

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10 September 1951 (USA)  »

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A sobering movie
2 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in 1951 when I was in high school. It was really depressing to some extent. It showed how the players were recruited and used only for the sake of football. I can somewhat remember how Steve was injured and how they gerry rigged a shoulder pad so he could play while injured. I also remember how he was rather a bright student in the class room. I only wish I could purchase the DVD or the VHS of this movie. I am not sure if it has ever been put out in that format. I think the movie when seen will seem like it just happened yesterday in that the situation in college football hasn't changed much over the last fifty years.


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