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Maybe It's Love (1930)

A college football player (Joe E. Brown) persuades a beautiful young woman (Joan Bennett) to individually flirt with an entire team of All-American football players, in order to entice them... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Darryl F. Zanuck (based on the story by) (as Mark Canfield), Joseph Jackson (screen play & dialogue by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Bennett ... Nan Sheffield
Joe E. Brown ... Speed Hanson (Yates per on-screen credits)
James Hall ... Tommy Nelson
Laura Lee ... Betty
Sumner Getchell ... Whiskers
George Irving ... College Professor Sheffield
George Bickel George Bickel ... Trustee
Russell Saunders Russell Saunders ... Russ Saunders of Southern California (as Russ Saunders)
Tim Moynihan Tim Moynihan ... Tim Moynihan of Notre Dame
Bill Banker ... Bill Banker of Tulane University
Howard Harpster Howard Harpster ... Howard Harpster of Carnegie Tech
Ray Montgomery Ray Montgomery ... Ray Montgomery of Univ. of Pittsburgh
Otto Pommerening Otto Pommerening ... Otto Pommerening of Michigan
Red Sleight Red Sleight ... Red Sleight of Purdue (as E.N. Sleight)
Kenneth Haycraft Kenneth Haycraft ... Kenneth Haycraft of Minnesota
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Storyline

A college football player (Joe E. Brown) persuades a beautiful young woman (Joan Bennett) to individually flirt with an entire team of All-American football players, in order to entice them over to her college. But the players get angry and threaten to walk out when they find out that they have been fooled, and they get even madder when they discover that she has actually fallen in love with one of their own teammates (James Hall). Written by Beeb E. Rebozo

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eleven Men and a Girl See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Laura Lee, billed 4th in the credits, was originally to have been Joe E. Brown's love interest, and shared a couple of songs with him, but was eventually almost entirely cut out. She now only appears briefly in a couple of scenes, and has no interaction with Brown whatsoever. See more »

Goofs

At around 20 mins, Nan and a football player tip over in a canoe and are completely submerged. Then they swim to shore and upon exiting the water, Nan's hair is almost totally dry with only the tips wet. See more »

Quotes

Nan: It's alcohol! That's gotten you kicked out of a dozen colleges.
Tommy: It's got a kick, all right.
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Crazy Credits

Joe E. Brown's character is called "Yates" in the credits, but is always referred to as Speed Hanson in the dialogue. Similarly, Sumner Getchell is billed as "Whiskers" but is called only Ned, and George Irving is credited as "College Professor," but is actually President Sheffield of the college. See more »

Connections

Version of The College Widow (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep It Up for Upton
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Archie Gottler and George W. Meyer
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
School song sung by the students twice
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Joan Bennett Gets Wet
21 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

To help her college's faltering football team, beautiful Joan Bennett (Nan) must seduce hunky football players into transferring to her school. It's the bright idea of gay friend Joe E. Brown (Yates). Will the young men discover each other? Will Ms. Bennett find true love among them? Will Upton win the "Big Game"?

"Maybe It's Love / Eleven Men and a Girl" is interesting in that it features Bennett and Brown on their way to becoming successful in the "talkies". They aren't there yet - Bennett is unspectacular and Brown's shrieks are more annoying than funny; later, he would successfully refine his comic persona. The best scene is early on, when Bennett and one of her football players topple their canoe, and emerge soaking wet.

*** Maybe It's Love (1930) William A. Wellman ~ Joan Bennett, Joe E. Brown, James Hall


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