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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.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Sport

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Football Coach See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$245,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Mono)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Wayne has a 5 second appearance as a fellow student welcoming Dick Powel's character back to school in the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Coach Gore: I wonder who the dame is he's with? Must be awful lonesome to go out with that egg.
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Connections

Referenced in Dreamscape (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Just One More Chance
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
One line sung by Harry Seymour with modified lyrics
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The Old College Try
15 August 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

"Calvert University" is facing bankruptcy. The board of trustees regret putting money into a science laboratory instead of financing football. "A winning football team is the answer to our problems," they agree. Since the Calvert players haven't won a game in three years, the college hires hard-nosed coach Pat O'Brien (as James Gore) to heat up the gridiron. Singing chemistry major Dick Powell (as Philip "Phil" Sargeant) is star player and the son of headmaster Arthur Byron (as Phillip Sargeant). Brought in to beef up the team, Lyle Talbot (as Herbert "Buck" Weaver) laments that Mr. Powell can't cook as the two become roommates...

With some sissy spoken innuendos, Mr. Talbot seems to have an implicit sexual interest in Mr. Powell. Nothing happens there, apart from their fight being peculiarly shot from the waist down. Instead, Talbot becomes interested in Coach O'Brien's neglected wife, sexy Ann Dvorak (as Claire). She's hard to resist. Football players seem to pass exams without even turning in test papers, which irks Powell. Everything comes together for the climactic big game. John Wayne has a bit part after about 11 minutes, welcoming Powell to the picture. "College Coach" is interestingly immoral, and nicely directed by William A. Wellman.

****** College Coach (11/4/33) William A. Wellman ~ Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell, Lyle Talbot, Ann Dvorak


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