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The Spirit of Notre Dame (1931)

Story of two friends who play football, one of whom is a self-centered quarterback who thinks he's the only man on the team.


Russell Mack


Walter DeLeon (additional dialogue), Robert Keith | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... Bucky O'Brien
Sally Blane ... Peggy
William Bakewell ... Jim Stewart
Andy Devine ... Truck McCall
Harry Barris ... Wasp
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Coach
Frank Carideo Frank Carideo ... Himself
Don Miller Don Miller ... The Four Horsemen
Elmer Layden Elmer Layden ... The Four Horsemen
Jim Crowley Jim Crowley ... The Four Horsemen
Harry Stuhldreher Harry Stuhldreher ... The Four Horsemen
Nat Pendleton ... Assistant Coach
Adam Walsh Adam Walsh ... Himself
Bucky O'Connor Bucky O'Connor ... Himself
John Law John Law ... Himself


Story of two friends who play football, one of whom is a self-centered quarterback who thinks he's the only man on the team.

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Plot Keywords:

american football | college | See All (2) »


Drama | Sport







Release Date:

13 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unidos Venceremos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of "Truck McCall," played by Andy Devine, was based on Notre Dame football player George Gipp ("The Gipper"). And in fact, Devine recites a variation of the "Win one for the Gipper" speech nine years before the more famous Ronald Reagan version. See more »

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Well-intentioned film doesn't hold up well
29 March 2004 | by jennyp-2See all my reviews

Released a few months after the death of legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, this well-intentioned film was dedicated to his memory. While J. Farrell MacDonald is right on target as the sympathetic but tough coach, the other actors and the thin story line seem corny and cliché to today's audience. Andy Devine has some good comedy relief scenes with a touch of genuine pathos as a bench warmer who is the butt of the team's practical jokes. But things go over the top when he is critically ill and delirious in the hospital, listening to the big game on the radio. When Notre Dame scores a winning touchdown and Andy reacts, the doctor hovering near by shouts, `By God, he's going to pull through!' Also starring Lew Ayres and William Bakewell, both much too thin to be football players! Screened at Cinefest in Syracuse New York March, 2004.

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