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24 October 1954 (USA) See more »
The World's Greatest Athlete!
California school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Bob Mathias ... Bob Mathias

Ward Bond ... Coach Virgil Jackson
Melba Mathias ... Melba Mathias
Howard Petrie ... Dr. Charles Mathias

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Lillian Mathias

Diane Jergens ... Pat Mathias

Paul Bryar ... Bill Andrews

Anne Kimbell ... Sally
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milton Campbell ... Milton Campbell, USA Shotputter (uncredited)

William Conrad ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Frank Gifford ... Frank Gifford, Stanford vs. USC game (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Football Game Announcer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... 1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited)
Jonathan Hole ... Olympics Reporter (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Irving Mondschein (uncredited)
Sammy Lee ... Sammy Lee - Olympic Diving Champion (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pat McCormick ... Pat McCormick, Olympics Women's Diving Champion (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... 1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Nichols ... Stanford Football Player (uncredited)

Paavo Nurmi ... Paavo Nurmi - Olympic Distance Runner (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Pickard ... 1948 Olympics Reporter (uncredited)
Alan Reynolds ... Olympics Reporter (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... 1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Olympics Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis D. Lyon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Collins 

Produced by
James L. Fallon .... executive producer
William E. Selwyn .... producer
Original Music by
Leith Stevens 
Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks 
Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Budd Friend 
Production Management
Richard Maybery .... production manager
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Klein .... assistant director
Paul Wurtzel .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fred Hartsook .... set construction
Sound Department
Charles Cooper .... sound recordist
Jack Wheeler .... sound editor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... wardrobe
Ernestine Wood .... wardrobe
Music Department
Leith Stevens .... conductor

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17144, General Audience)
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, 2 March 2000
Author: Greg Buckle from Melbourne, Australia

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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