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Rose Bowl (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 30 October 1936 (USA)
Paddy O'Riley and Ossie Merrill, Bellport high school football heroes, enroll in distant colleges; Paddy at a small school in the East, where he is barely a substitute, and Ossie at a ... See full summary »


Charles Barton


Marguerite Roberts (screenplay), Francis Wallace (story "O'Reilly of Notre Dame")




Cast overview:
Eleanore Whitney ... Cheers Reynolds
Tom Brown ... Paddy O'Riley
Buster Crabbe ... Ossie Merrill (as Larry Crabbe)
William Frawley ... Soapy Moreland
Benny Baker ... Dutch Schultz
Nydia Westman ... Susie Reynolds
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Donovan
Priscilla Lawson ... Florence Taylor
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Doc
Jimmy Conlin ... Browning Hills (as James Conlin)
Louis Mason ... Thornton (Chauffer)


Paddy O'Riley and Ossie Merrill, Bellport high school football heroes, enroll in distant colleges; Paddy at a small school in the East, where he is barely a substitute, and Ossie at a powerhouse-football school, where he is an instant star and all-American candidate. They leave behind Cheers Reynolds, who is fond of Paddy, who works in her family's drugstore, but she loves Ossie almost as much as he loves himself. Paddy makes friends with team fullback Dutch Schultz, who accompanies him on vacation, and they arrive back in Bellport just as Ossie is also coming home on break. Florence Taylor is also in town on a film junket. Unknown to any of the others, Paddy and Florence had gone to high school together. Back at school and three years later, Paddy and Dutch learn that their football team could get invited to the coveted Rose Bowl to play against Ossie's team, if it could get enough publicity (pre-BCS days) that would attract a large crowd. They are soon up to their hip-pads in ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Tingle with the thrills, the excitement of the year's football classic, East meets West and two All-American love-rivals battle it out for a girl's heart! (original print ad) See more »


Comedy | Romance | Sport


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Tom Brown and Buster Crabbe
16 May 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1936's "Rose Bowl" is no different from other football-oriented campus programmers popular from the 20s to the 50s. Cheers Reynolds (Eleanor Whitney) is the center of a romantic triangle between star player Ossie Merrill (Buster Crabbe) and substitute quarterback Paddy O'Riley (Tom Brown), all hailing from Bellport Ohio. Ossie goes off to California's Sierra College, while Paddy stays closer to home at Green Ridge, hitting it off with fullback Dutch Schultz (Benny Baker), who's got a thing for actress Florence Taylor (Priscilla Lawson). Florence goes along with a scheme to build up publicity for Green Ridge to represent the East against Sierra in the Rose Bowl, where coach Soapy Moreland (William Frawley) has to work without an injured Dutch and suspended Paddy. Top billed Eleanor Whitney was at least a native of Cleveland Ohio, but her short career lasted just three years. Small unbilled roles for Joe Sawyer as an announcer, Milburn Stone as the Green Ridge band member holding a clarinet, Ellen Drew, Dennis O'Keefe, and among the football players, Robert Paige and Lon Chaney. An earlier Paramount, "Hold 'Em Yale," had Chaney as an uncredited extra sitting on the bench with several other football players, while here he actually gets to share a scene with Buster Crabbe 64 minutes in, a fellow member of the favored Sierra team, boasting about Paddy O'Riley's absence from the big game: "O'Riley never was a threat anyway, you stop that sideline gallop of his and you stop O'Riley!"

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30 October 1936 (USA) See more »

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O'Riley's Luck See more »

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