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The Big Game (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 9 October 1936 (USA)
Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins.


Irwin Shaw (screenplay), Francis Wallace (story "Odds Against Honor")




Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Huston Phillip Huston ... Clark Jenkins (as Philip Huston)
James Gleason ... George Scott
June Travis ... Margaret Anthony
Bruce Cabot ... Cal Calhoun
Andy Devine ... Pop Andrews
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Pete Jenkins (as Guinn Williams)
John Arledge ... Spike Adams
C. Henry Gordon ... Brad Anthony
Jay Berwanger Jay Berwanger ... Jay Berwanger - University of Chicago All-American
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare ... Bill Shakespeare - Notre Dame All-American
Robert 'Bobby' Wilson Robert 'Bobby' Wilson ... Bobby Wilson - Southern Methodist All-American
James 'Monk' Moscrip James 'Monk' Moscrip ... Monk Monscrip - Stanford All-American
Irwin 'King Kong' Klein Irwin 'King Kong' Klein ... King Kong Klein - New York University All-American
Gomer Jones Gomer Jones ... Gomer Jones - Ohio State All-American
Robert 'Bones' Hamilton Robert 'Bones' Hamilton ... Bones Hamilton - Stanford All-American


Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins. The plot is typical but the on-field action is pretty good featuring real players using some actual footage. The idea for the riot scene came from an actual brawl at an NYU-Fordham football game. Written by sandlot3

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Drama | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

9 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Grande Jogo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the first films to be released on new 2,000 foot reels, which would become the industry standard going forward. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, in a long shot, a running touchdown play is shown, but the team in white is missing the heavy black stripes on their jerseys as shown earlier on players from "Atlantic University". This happens in other scenarios in the film. See more »


Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Parts Are There But It Just Doesn't Click
12 December 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

College quarterback gets involved with gamblers and falls for the daughter of a sports columnist. Movie wavers between sports drama, comedy, and crime picture. The football scenes aren't bad, despite the stock footage. The cast is actually decent. Phillip Huston shows a lot of promise. It was apparently his first film role in a limited career. I'm not sure why he didn't break out. He's not bad looking and has a very relaxed screen manner for 1936. Bruce Cabot is fine. Andy Devine is...well, Andy Devine. Donkey voice and all that. An acquired taste for many. James Gleason is great as usual but this isn't one of his better parts. June Travis is a pretty enough love interest, though a little colorless. Some solid support from Guinn Williams and C. Henry Gordon, among other recognizable faces. Despite being a competent production with some good actors, the film is kind of a snore.

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