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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bucky O'Brien
... Peggy
... Jim Stewart
... Truck McCall
... Wasp
... Coach
Frank Carideo ... Himself
Don Miller ... The Four Horsemen
Elmer Layden ... The Four Horsemen
Jim Crowley ... The Four Horsemen
Harry Stuhldreher ... The Four Horsemen
... Assistant Coach
Adam Walsh ... Himself
Bucky O'Connor ... Himself
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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american football | college | See All (2) »


Drama | Sport





Release Date:

13 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unidos Venceremos  »

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Sound Mix:

| (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 See 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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