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College Coach (1933)

TV-G | | Drama, Sport | 4 November 1933 (USA)
Coach Gore, a ruthless and cynical big-time football coach, neglects his wife in his unrelenting drive to make Calvert College a football power.


William A. Wellman


Niven Busch (story), Manuel Seff (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Phil Sargent
Ann Dvorak ... Claire Gore
Pat O'Brien ... Coach Gore
Arthur Byron ... Dr. Phillip Sargent
Lyle Talbot ... Herbert P. 'Buck' Weaver
Hugh Herbert ... J- Marvin Barnett
Arthur Hohl ... Seymour Young
Charles C. Wilson ... Charles Hauser
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Matthews (as Guinn Williams)
Nat Pendleton ... Ladislaus Petrowski
Phillip Reed ... 'Wes' Westerman
Donald Meek ... Prof. Spencer Trask
Berton Churchill ... Otis
Harry Beresford ... Professor
Herman Bing ... Prof. Glantz


A ruthless coach (Pat O'Brien) creates turmoil at a college by hiring players (Lyle Talbot) and alienating students (Dick Powell). Along the way, the coach loses his wife (Ann Dvorak) to a grandstanding player. Inside look at college football of the 1930s replete with fake grades, non-student players, and the importance of football to a college's reputation. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


The offer to coach Gore of $40,000 per year would equate to $782,000 per year in 2019. See more »


Herbert P. 'Buck' Weaver: Boy, how'd you like to stick your finger in her coffee?
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Referenced in Dreamscape (1984) See more »


What Will I Do Without You
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Hilda Gottlieb
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Typical, fast paced Warner Bros. FUN!
27 April 2002 | by silenceisgoldenSee all my reviews

I usually like the movies that Warner Bros. put out in the 30's and I liked this little film. Dick Powell is supposedly the main character but to be honest he's not in the film much - Pat O'Brien and Lyle Talbot steal the show. Pat, as usual, is great in the role as the college coach and Ann Dvorak, a very under-rated actress, is wonderful in her small role as his poor wife, he is more into football than he is into her. ;-)Her beauty is really something to behold! Lyle Talbot though really impresses here, usually his roles were small and his talent was never used the way it could've/should've been, but he is wonderful as the loveable bonehead who is only good at one thing - FOOTBALL! Dick Powell was a bit miscast in my opinion as a footballer who is into chemistry although we do get to hear him sing, which is always nice.

Anyway - if you have some free time and this is on tv I advise you to check it out. It's a little entertaining bit o' fun!

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Release Date:

4 November 1933 (USA) See more »

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Football Coach See more »


Box Office


$245,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Mono)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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