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The Bob Mathias Story (1954)

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California school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. The film begins with him ... See full summary »

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Bob Mathias ...
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Coach Virgil Jackson
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Melba Mathias
Howard Petrie ...
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Mrs. Lillian Mathias
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Pat Mathias
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California school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. The film begins with him as a 17-year-old schoolboy in Tulare, California where his high school track coach, played by Ward Bond, encourages him to train for the Olympics, with the Dacathlon in mind. His story, far from over, ends here with his victory in the 1952 Olympics and with Mathias in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Melba, play themselves in one of the few movie bios that doesn't play fast and loose with the facts, especially in a bio with the subject playing himself. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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24 October 1954 (USA)  »

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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.33 (1954) See more »

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2 March 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This biographical account of Bob Mathias's life up to and including his Olympic gold medals is more like a documentary or "real-life" TV show than anything else.

Track & Field enthusiasts will find it interesting. You certainly can't complain that the scenes of Mathias competing aren't realistic, seeing as he plays himself!


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