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The Half-Back of Notre Dame (1924)

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At football-mad Castoria College, Charlie Horse and Phil McCavity are two of the football team's players. Through sheer luck, they manage to lead their team to victory in the last game ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Harry Gribbon ...
Phil McCavity
Jack Cooper ...
Charlie Horse
Alma Matter
Louise Carver ...
Mrs. Matter - Alma's Mother
Mr. Matter - Alma's Father
Vernon Dent ...
Football Opponent
Kewpie Morgan ...
Barney Hellum ...
Effeminate Football Player
Kalla Pasha ...


At football-mad Castoria College, Charlie Horse and Phil McCavity are two of the football team's players. Through sheer luck, they manage to lead their team to victory in the last game before graduation. Following graduation, Alma Matter, a pretty coed to who Phil is attracted, holds a reunion party at her parent's house. Alma has become an aviatrix and wants Charlie's help is getting her plane ready for a flight, as he has become a blacksmith who has supposed expertise in mechanics. Problems end up occurring on her flight, and only Charlie's ingenuity may be able to save the day,... or not. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy





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24 February 1924 (USA)  »

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Ora Bolas  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is a play on words; _Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1923)_, was one of 1923's biggest hits. See more »

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Insane--the gags come at you so fast you barely have time to breath.
23 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins at Castoria College. Harry Gribbon is on the football team along with lots of other players who all look way too old to be in college. During the entire first half of the film, it's all about the game and the gags come one after another after another. There is barely any time to breath and if you don't like one, another is sure to follow quickly! Some of them (such as the kicking scene) are insane...but I did find myself laughing.

Later, the folks have graduated and it's like an entirely different film. This portion starts off slowly but soon gets even more insane than the football game. A few of the stunts (the diving board and propeller gags) are even more insane than the kicking scene early in the film. And, when a lady's plane is out of control, Harry comes to the rescue.

The film is utterly ridiculous and almost plot less. BUT, it also has so many goofy stunts and laughs that I loved the film and recommend you see it.

By the way, look at the black man near the end of the film---he's clearly a white guy painted black! This sort of stuff wasn't uncommon in the really old silents (such as D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation") but by 1924 I thought (and hoped) it had gone out of style. Odd indeed!

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