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That's My Boy ()


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Tommy Scott goes to a Connecticut college to become a doctor, but is soon discovered to be a prodigious football talent. He becomes a national star and falls in love, but fame and ill-advised financial deals threaten to ruin his future.

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Thomas Jefferson 'Tommy' Scott
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Dorothy Rogers
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Mom Scott
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Pop Scott
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Coach 'Daisy' Adams
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Uncle Louie
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Al Williams (as Leon Waycoff)
Russell Saunders ...
Pinkie
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Carl
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Mayor of Athens
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ...
Hap
Elbridge Anderson ...
1st Student
Crilly Butler ...
2nd Student
Douglas Haig ...
Tommy - as a Young Boy
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District Attorney (uncredited)
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Athens Townswoman (uncredited)
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Curly Decker (uncredited)
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Furnace Room Superintendent (uncredited)
Tay Brown ...
Football Player (uncredited)
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Concerned Mother / Athens Townswoman (uncredited)
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Football Player (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ...
Ralph Sedgewick (uncredited)
Toby Hunt ...
Football Player (uncredited)
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Advisor (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ...
Boarding House Landlady (uncredited)
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Football Game Spectator (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ...
Football Game Spectator (uncredited)
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Co-ed (uncredited)
Jim Musick ...
Football Player (uncredited)
Erny Pinckert ...
Football Player (uncredited)
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Alumnus at Banquet (uncredited)
Gaius Shaver ...
Football Player (uncredited)
Ernie Smith ...
Football Player (uncredited)
Earl Sparling ...
Football Player (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ...
Rogers' 2nd Business Associate (uncredited)
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Stephen Rogers (uncredited)
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Taylor - Harvard Player (uncredited)
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Ted - Rogers' 1st Business Associate (uncredited)

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Roy William Neill

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Norman Krasna ... (screenplay)
 
Francis Wallace ... (novel)

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Roy William Neill ... producer

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Charles Kisco

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Joseph H. August

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Jack Dennis

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Robert Kalloch ... (as Kalloch)

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Jay Marchant ... assistant director

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Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... football technical advisor (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

Thomas Jefferson "Snakehips" Scott is the sensation of the freshman football squad at Bedford University. After a sensational sophomore season, varsity coach "Daisy" Adams gets him a summer "job" in the Maine woods as a bond salesman. The coach sends him there for conditioning purposes only, but Tommy is pleased with the $6,000 he gets for selling bonds he never even sees. Nice work if you can get it, in a situation that never seems to go out of style. Tommy, figuring that there is more where this came from, tells a graduate manager he will quit the team unless they pay him $50,000. The manager arranges with a broker to start an investment fund named after Thomas Jefferson Smith, the receipts from which will net Tommy his demanded amount. Thousands of shares are sold, but the broker gambles away the funds and commits suicide when legal authorities close in. The district attorney questions Tommy. The father of Tommy's college love offers Tommy $50,000 as a moral test if he will break his engagement to the girl, but is stunned when Tommy holds out for $100,000. When the scandal breaks, Tommy is booed off the field after the first half of "the big game." Tommy has quietly sent the $100,000 to the district attorney to reimburse the investors. The D.A. happily informs the newspapers, who print special editions that are delivered to the stadium at halftime. Tommy receives a standing ovation from the crowd, and scores the winning touchdown with his proud and relieved parents in the crowd. Members of the 1931 National Champion football team from the University of Southern California Trojans are featured, with former college stars Russell Saunders and Oscar "Dutch" Hendrian also cast in roles other than just team members. John Wayne, who played for USC in the 1920s, and USC track star and Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe are also in the cast as football players. Written by Les Adams

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Taglines DRAMANTIC ROMANCE OF A GREAT FOOTBALL STAR! The cheers of the mob deafened this grid hero to the heart-call of the two women who loved him! See more »
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  • Det er min dreng (Denmark)
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  • 71 min
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Trivia John Wayne plays a football player on the opposing team, Harvard, during the last game played in the film. He is, at times, the kicker, running back and quarterback, mentioned by the radio announcer as being named "Taylor". See more »
Goofs At no point during any of the many games played does Tommy (Richard Cromwell) ever wear a football helmet. However, helmets were not mandatory in college football until 1939. See more »
Soundtracks Dear Little Boy of Mine See more »
Quotes Curly Decker: You know, it's a funny thing. You're going to find the same thing happening to you, when you get out of school.
Tommy Scott: What?
Curly Decker: Oh, people... being surprised that you haven't got a big job, just because you were a big football star. I only earn forty dollars a week - and I never did have very expensive tastes. I got a kid now, though - and that extra money would come in kinda handy.
Tommy Scott: Yeah - I guess it would.
Curly Decker: Say, Scott - you don't mind my giving you a little tip, do you?
Tommy Scott: Not at all - I'd appreciate it.
Curly Decker: You see, I was in your spot once - so I know some of the ropes. You'll probably have a chance to make a little money on the side. Well, brother, you take it, and hold on to it - save it.
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