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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Harry Gribbon ...
Phil McCavity
Jack Cooper ...
Charlie Horse
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Alma Matter
Louise Carver ...
Mrs. Matter - Alma's Mother
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Mr. Matter - Alma's Father
Vernon Dent ...
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Kewpie Morgan ...
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Barney Hellum ...
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Kalla Pasha ...
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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 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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24 February 1924 (USA)  »

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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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Decent Sennett Short
26 September 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Half-Back of Notre Dame (1924)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Charlie Horse (Harry Gribbon) and Phil McCavity (Jack Cooper) attend a football crazy school but after graduation the film turns to a lady who goes up in an airplane and loses control of it. I really didn't enjoy THE HALF-BACK OF NOTRE DAME as much as many other reviewers did but once again there are enough good moments to make it worth sitting through if you enjoy silent cinema. I think the best thing the film has going for it are the final five-minutes or so when we get some terrific stunt work dealing with the plane going out of control. I don't want to spoil everything that happens but it certainly makes the film end on a very high note and especially considering how well shot these scenes were. Another plus is that both Gribbon and Cooper are good in their roles but I do really wish they were given a bit more to do. Or, perhaps I should say something better to do. This is one of those Mack Sennett shorts that has very little brains but instead we're just given one wild scene after another. The opening section deals with a football game on a muddy field where all sorts of things happen but none of them made me laugh. The same is true for the second half of the film as there simply wasn't anything going on that made me laugh, although I will admit a chuckle came when the lady was "entertaining" the viewers by getting into a bathing suit.


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