Four versions of the title song (sung under the credits) were recorded. One was by Jaye P. Morgan, the other three by Shirley MacLaine. The Morgan version was heard by the film's critics at the original press screenings. One of the MacLaine versions was used in the film when it was released, and ever afterward. The two unused MacLaine versions had different lyrics. One was more "romantic," the other was sung to Goldfarb by his "Jewish mother." All four versions are included on the CD soundtrack. See more »
Happened to catch this movie on cable (the Fox Movie Channel) for those curious few.
It's a clever, 60's comedy with then-youngsters Richard Crenna and Shirley MacLaine that had the perfect blend of interests for my partner and myself -- football (for me) and bellydancing (for her). An early (1964) forerunner of later football films THE LONGEST YARD and M*A*S*H and a somewhat worthy successor to the Marx Brothers with a surf guitar beat. Throw in an able cast of well-known actors (Jim Backus, Peter Ustinov, etc.) with the tweaking of the Notre Dame football legacy and it's a nice little "lost" chestnut of a film that hasn't been shown often enough.
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