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King of Hockey (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 19 December 1936 (USA)
Gamblers try to pressure a hockey player into throwing a game.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gabby Dugan
... Kathleen O'Rourke
... Elsie
... Bill 'Jumbo' Mullins
... Nick Torga
... Mike Trotter
... Peggy 'Princess' O'Rourke (as Ann Gilles)
Gordon Hart ... Dr. Vernon Noble
... Mrs. O'Rourke
Guy Usher ... Mr. O'Rourke
Garry Owen ... Jitters McCarthy, the Referee
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Torchy Myers
... Evans, Kathleen's Chauffeur (as Andre Beranger)
... Swede, Nick's Associate
Frank Bruno ... Loogan, Nick's Associate
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Gamblers try to pressure a hockey player into throwing a game.

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King of the Ice Rink  »

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The film makes quite a few references to the "original six" NHL teams active during this time. The Violets are based on the New York Rangers, their jersey's are similar and play at Madison Square Garden. In the film they play against teams known as the "Leafs" (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Shamrocks (the original name of the Chicago Blackhawks). The jersey worn by the "leafs" in the film is similar to that of the Montreal Canadiens.The team also mentions playing in Boston at one point in the film. See more »

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It's no substitute for the NHL
3 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Gabby Dugan gets a wing position with the Violets, the current Tri State champs, and instantly becomes the star of the league. Gabby's main interest becomes Kathleen O'Rourke, a socialite, who seems to be playing hard to get. Jumbo Mullins (goalie and roommate of Gabby) and Coach Trotter, seem to think that Gabby is sacrificing the team's playoff chances by focusing his attention to Kathleen and their suspicion is further heightened when Jumbo finds a payoff from known gambler Torga for Gabby not to play at his best. When Jumbo confronts Gabby with his accusations, he conks Gabby on the head with his stick, which lands Gabby in the hospital. The injury proves to be more serious than Gabby thinks, since his play goes down drastically which forces Trotter to kick him off the team, with accusations of throwing games, but Gabby soon realizes that the injury will leave him blind. It's a hokey melodrama with nothing really standing out as being special (perhaps the exception is Marie Wilson, giving a preview of her My Friend Irma role). The sound engineering on the film is really sub-par and the script does too neat a job trying to resolve all the points of the story. All in all, it's not that bad a film considering the sports star consorting with gamblers storyline has been done to death many times over. Rating, 4.


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