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All American Drawback (1935)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 5 October 1935 (USA)

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The Dean and Board of Flunk Well College are arguing with its football coach, Bergen, about the team's star player, Charlie McCarthy, who is the only reason the team is a winning one, but ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
... Coach Bergen
... Charlie McCarthy
Gerrie Worthing ... Joan
June Carr ... Dumb Blonde
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The Dean and Board of Flunk Well College are arguing with its football coach, Bergen, about the team's star player, Charlie McCarthy, who is the only reason the team is a winning one, but who isn't doing well academically and could be pulled from the team if his grades and behavior don't improve. In other words, Charlie is a dummy in more ways than one. Beyond other problems Coach Bergen has with Charlie concerning the coach's girlfriend Joan, Coach Bergen has to get Charlie prepared to pass an exam administered by the Dean. Instead of cheating like he usually does, Charlie has his own way of dealing with the exam. Written by Huggo

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5 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pepper Pot (1935-1936 season) (#2): All American Drawback  »

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Vitaphone production reel #1877. See more »


Freddy the Freshman
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Oppenheim
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Puppets Shouldn't Play Football
22 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

All-American Drawback (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy comedy set at a college where McCarthy is a major football star. One day coach Bergen gets called into the office and is told that his star is failing all of his classes so he'll have to get his grades up or else there will be no more football. If you've seen any of these shorts then you should already know what to expect. I find all of them to be quite hit and miss and while this here isn't one of the best it's certainly far from the worst. The strange thing is that we're introduced to this story of McCarthy failing early on and yet it really doesn't factor into anything that follows. We get two more sequences where we get the typical Bergen-McCarthy act. One takes place on the football sidelines and the other at a dance where of course McCarthy does a lot of flirting. There are a few funny moments to be found here but there's simply not enough to carry the small 8-minute running time. There are some funny moments on the sideline including when they need a full stretcher to take McCarthy off the field. The rest of the film has the type of humor you'd expect and most of it doesn't work. Still, if you can put up with the duo this one here isn't that bad.

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