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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Forget Sunday
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Derek had a supporting role as a football player role in Columbia's earlier production All the King's Men. He heads back on to the field for more action in this highly engaging coming- of-age drama. He plays a young man caught up in a new life, to the point that he nearly betrays his values.

If that is not enough to sustain interest, there are plenty of subplots that just might. First, there are the scenes of the team, and the scenes with the literature professor (nicely played by Alexander Knox). Next, our star athlete visits his hometown. Then, there is a storyline about a friend who is being expelled from school. Indeed, the character and the audience get pulled in all sorts of directions, but John Derek's calm, soulful presence makes it enjoyable to watch.

Other strong performances bolster the production. Sidney Blackmer is on hand as the somewhat mercurial T.C. McCabe, and Aldo Ray (billed as Aldo DaRe) appears as a team member. The love interest is played by Donna Reed, who in real life is five years older than John Derek. At times, Miss Reed seems almost too mature for her role and certainly too mature for her costar. However, a great many elements coalesce to make Saturday's Hero a decent motion picture.


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