A power-broker ward-heeler, Bill Grimes, wields more power than the elected politicians and has no problem in getting matters-of-the-city handled in which ever way is best for his needs. ...
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A power-broker ward-heeler, Bill Grimes, wields more power than the elected politicians and has no problem in getting matters-of-the-city handled in which ever way is best for his needs. But when he tries to fix his adored kid brother's place on the school football team, he meets his match in school-teacher Anne Barry. Jimmy, the brother, is not a scholar and the teacher rules he can't play until he gets his school grades up...and that's final.Written by
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Bill Grimes (Jack Holt) is a powerful man who usually gets what he wants. So, when his little brother*, Bobby, is kicked off the school's baseball team because of his grades, Bill assumes he can fix everything. Instead of politely talking with the boy's teacher, Bill throws his weight around and more demands preferential treatment than anything else. As for the teacher, she's firm that the boy needs to pass but is willing to re-test him.
When the test day arrives, Bobby hasn't studied and it's obvious. When Bill arrives to talk to the teacher, the boy takes his chances and pops open a book while working on the exam. He's clearly cheating and the teacher soon walks in and catches him! But instead of accepting his punishment, Bobby lies...and Bill believes it. So, when she refuses to pass the kid, Bill arranges to have her fired. However, this abuse of his power ends up backfiring and the teachers all protest en masse...and soon the public starts to question Bill and his tactics. What's next? See the film.
This is an interesting film because the public's love of sports and lack of respect for education is certainly NOT a topic limited to 1934! It makes for a nice morality tale and kept my interest throughout. And, as a retired teacher, I certainly could relate to the story and parents' lousy attitudes about grades and getting a decent education.
*Jack Holt was 46 when he played Bill and Jimmy Butler was only 13 when he played Bobby. That's 33 years difference in age....which seems ridiculous considering they are supposed to be brothers.
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