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Pigskin Parade (1936)

Married coaches Slug and Bessie find hillbilly football tosser Amos and the team gets invited to the Yale Bowl.

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David Butler

Writers:

Harry Tugend (screenplay), Jack Yellen (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stuart Erwin ... Amos Dodd
Patsy Kelly ... Bessie Winters
Jack Haley ... Slug Winters
The Yacht Club Boys The Yacht Club Boys ... Singing Quartette
Johnny Downs ... Chip Carson
Betty Grable ... Laura Watson
Arline Judge ... Sally Saxon
Dixie Dunbar ... Ginger Jones
Judy Garland ... Sairy Dodd
Tony Martin ... Tommy Barker (as Anthony Martin)
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Biff Bentley
Grady Sutton ... Mortimer Higgins
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Herbert Van Dyke
Edward J. Nugent ... Sparks (as Eddie Nugent)
Julius Tannen ... Dr. Burke
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Storyline

Bessie and Winston "Slug" Winters are married coaches whose mission is to whip their college football team into shape. Just in time, they discover a hillbilly farmhand and his sister. But the hillbilly farmhand's ability to throw melons enables him to become their star passing ace. Written by Shawn Ashley

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Taglines:

A BAREFOOT HILLBILLY FROM TEXAS DOES HIS STUFF IN THE YALE BOWL! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der springende Punkt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the 2007 Twentieth Century-Fox release of the DVD, the film was plagued with accidents during on-location filming in the Los Angeles area. A misfired gun loaded with blanks sent one USC student actor to the hospital with eye burns when the gun accidentally fired into the crowd, also injuring three other students. Other accidents involving USC students took place during the football rally scene. Two of the band members sprained their ankles in the fast-paced marching scene while another student sprained his neck vertebra while putting on his brass horn. One accident that involved several cast members was a fire on the set while filming at a railroad station in Chatsworth. Harry Brand, Fox's Publicity Director, issued a press release saying, "Those in Twentieth Century-Fox's musical cast who helped extinguish the blaze by forming an old-fashioned bucket brigade included Stuart Erwin, Johnny Downs, Arline Judge, Betty Grable, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, plus several other supporting actors . . . luckily no one was hurt."' See more »

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The last name of Elisha Cook Jr.'s character is spelled "Van Dyke" in the end credits. However, every time it is seen on-screen during the film, e.g. on the pamphlets he hands out, it is spelled "Van Dyck." See more »

Quotes

Slug Winters: We haven't got a chance! We haven't got a chance!
Bessie Winters: You haven't got a brain either.
Slug Winters: I haven't got a brain... What are you doing here?
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

We Brought the Texas Sunshine Here With Us
(uncredited)
Written by The Yacht Club Boys
Performed by The Yacht Club Boys
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Well Produced
25 March 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The big draw here is a 14-year old Judy Garland, lighting up the screen whenever she appears. Too bad she doesn't have a starring role and better songs. Also, there's a 20-year old Betty Grable as one of the eye-candy co-eds. The story's nothing special. It's a big football game between little Texas State and big-time Ivy League Yale. Texas has a new coach (Haley) and his behind-the-scenes brains, (wife Kelly). Texas has no chance until wife Kelly spots cornpone farm boy Irwin who has a slingshot arm. With a little finagling they get him enrolled and made team quarterback. Now the little team from the West stands a chance, that is, if wife Kelly gets to make the big decisions.

Irwin has the good-ole-boy drawl down pat, which is pretty funny. On the other hand, Kelly's pretty shrill as the loud mouth missus, undercutting her comedic impact, at least in my book. The college dance scenes, however, sparkle, especially the big one before the game. However, I could do without the Yacht Club Boys whoever they are-- Garland should have gotten their singing spots. And get a load out of that fierce rabbit Elisha Cook playing an aggressive campus communist, of all things. Even then, he appeared as a hapless fall guy. At the same time, somebody spent a bucket load turning the LA Coliseum into a snow bowl for the big game. It's very realistic, but after 40-years, I'm still waiting for real snow on my LA home.

Other than Garland and Grable and a few sparkling moments, there's not much to recommend, unless you're into old time football.


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