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Huddle (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 14 May 1932 (USA)
Tony, the son of Italian immigrants, works in a smoky steel mill in Gary, Indiana. He wins a company scholarship which will enable him to attend Yale college. Over the four years of his ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Francis Wallace (based upon the story by), Walton Hall Smith (dialogue continuity) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Tony Amatto
Madge Evans ... Rosalie Stone
Una Merkel ... Thelma
Ralph Graves ... Coach Malcolm Gale
John Arledge ... Jim 'Pidge' Pidgeon
Frank Albertson ... Larry Wilson
Kane Richmond ... Tom Stone
Martha Sleeper ... Barbara Winston
Henry Armetta ... Mr. Amatto
Ferike Boros Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Amatto
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Mr. Stone (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
Joe Sawyer ... Slater (as Joe Sauers)
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Storyline

Tony, the son of Italian immigrants, works in a smoky steel mill in Gary, Indiana. He wins a company scholarship which will enable him to attend Yale college. Over the four years of his college career he learns about football, love, and class prejudice. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asrî talebe See more »

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Budget:

$514,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the four years Tony spends at Yale, and the nearly two hours his story takes to unreel, we only see him in a classroom in one scene, on the first day of school, when the instructor cancels the class; nor does he ever open a book, study for an exam, or even attend a dance. See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place over a period of four years, and would have therefore needed to begin around 1928, there is no change or progress in the look or time frame of the action, nor the clothing and/or hair styles of the female participants, nor the automobiles they drive; it simply begins in 1932 and ends in 1932. The stock market crash of 1929 is not mentioned, and doesn't seem to have affected or even been noticed by anyone, nor does the resultant economic depression in which the principals in real, not reel, life no doubt have found themselves. See more »

Soundtracks

Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D Major, Op.39
(1901) (uncredited)
Written by Edward Elgar
Played at the graduation
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Very good but also very formulaic
23 December 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When you watch HUDDLE, don't be surprised if it feels like you've seen this film before. That's because in the 1920s and into the 30s, there were many films with similar themes. The formula is like this: A young man who is either selfish or cocky goes to college and makes the football team. However, he does something or the team THINKS he does something and he is an outcast. Later, however, he makes good and does not let everyone know. When they discover this, he is once again loved and praised and the film concludes. Just one of many examples is the William Haines film, BROWN OF HARVARD, but there were many more.

So already, it's obvious that this film isn't all that new or ground-breaking. Now this isn't to say that it's not worth a peek. The film does have a few minor story innovations and the film is still very watchable. However, with Ramon Novarro's rather lackluster performance and strong accent (making it difficult for a hard of hearing person like myself to understand him--thanks to no closed captioning), it's a film that I would not rush out to see unless you love this style of film.

FYI--While this film was set at Yale University, only one very brief scene is of the classroom. And in this one case, the professor decides to cancel class and sends everyone back to the dorms! According to this film, Yale was an incredibly easy school to attend back in 1932!!! No classes--just football and girls!


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