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The Big Game (1936)

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

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

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Trivia

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

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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 »

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

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A Few Interesting Moments
11 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Big Game (1936)

** (out of 4)

Forgotten football film from RKO about a popular quarterback (Phillip Huston) who gets involved with gamblers. This film is pretty uneven from start to finish because it doesn't know if it wants to be a cute comedy, a bland melodrama or some sort of crime picture. Sadly, it doesn't do any of the three very good and in the end we're left with a pretty boring film that drags even at just 73-minutes. WIth that said, there are a few reasons that make this a must see. For starters, a lot of actual football players are used in the film including members of Stanford, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Another thing worth noting is that Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman Trophy winner, is also in the picture. Yet another thing that will be interesting to football buffs is the fact that footage from the 1935 Rose Bowl is used as stock footage. And finally, Irwin Shaw wrote the screenplay. If you don't know who that is just Google the name and you'll see the impressive work that he'd go onto do. Back to the negative stuff, the story itself just tries to do way too much and the "B" material just isn't there. The entire stuff dealing with the gambling in sports is rather interesting and certainly when you considering what is currently going on with college sports. It's fun getting to see some of this old time football being played and you have to laugh when characters brag about the sport making the schools around one million dollars each year. The performances really aren't all that memorable with everyone pretty much playing roles that they've done throughout their careers. June Travis plays the love interest. James Gleason, Bruce Cabot and Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams are also in the cast as is Andy Devine whose comedy just doesn't work. THE BIG GAME isn't really going to appeal to movie buffs but those interesting in old time football should find enough interesting bits to make it worth watching once.


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