Republic made this bio of athlete Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch on a
and even has Hirsch playing himself. Nothing much happens in this life
except for a skull fracture which effects the All-Star's coordination
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
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
aw shucks acting style is endearing. He seems to have been a sweet and
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.
is recommended solely to the latter audience.
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