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Crazylegs (1953)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 15 November 1953 (USA)
The story of the life and career of football star Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch (who plays himself).

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Elroy Hirsch
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Win Brockmeyer
Joan Vohs ...
Ruth Stahmer
James Millican ...
L.A. Ram's Coach
Bob Waterfield ...
Bob Waterfield -Los Angeles Ram's Quarterback
Bob Kelley ...
Bob Kelley
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Bill
John Brown ...
Keller
Norman Field ...
Otto Hirsch - Elroy's Father
Louise Lorimer ...
Mrs. Hirsch
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Hank Hatch
Joel Marston ...
Joey
Bill Brundige ...
Bill Brundige
Win Hirsch ...
Win Hirsch - Son of Elroy Hirsch
Melvyn Arnold ...
Melvyn Arnold
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The story of the life and career of football star Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch (who plays himself).

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"Crazylegs" MR. FOOTBALL HIMSELF (original print ad - almost all caps) See more »

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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15 November 1953 (USA)  »

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The Rams Fight Song
Music by Leith Stevens
Words by Hall Bartlett
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Grade B bio of sports star, aimed at football fans only

Republic made this bio of athlete Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch on a shoestring and even has Hirsch playing himself. Nothing much happens in this life except for a skull fracture which effects the All-Star's coordination (the slow and successful healing of which removes any real drama). There is an overly lush and romantic score that it totally out of place here - sounds like it was lifted from another film and dropped here accidentally. The effective intercutting of lots and lots of newsreel footage depicting Hirsch in his high achievement moments with the film proper earned editor Cotton Warburton an Oscar nom, but this achievement does not seem of merit to today's viewers. The Ram's Fighting Song, heard over the credits, is excruciatingly awful. Hirsch does show a great ease with the camera and his aw shucks acting style is endearing. He seems to have been a sweet and kind individual, dedicated to a life of athletics. His craggy face and build would put him in the hunk category even by today's standards.

This is a crashing bore of a film for general audiences, but I imagine sports fans, and especially football fans, will find much here to enjoy. It is recommended solely to the latter audience.


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