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Saturday's Heroes (1937)

A college football star struggles to return integrity to the game.


Edward Killy


Paul Yawitz (screen play), Charles Kaufman (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Val Webster
Marian Marsh ... Frances Thomas
Richard Lane ... Red Watson
Alan Bruce ... Burgeson
Minor Watson ... Doc Thomas
Frank Jenks ... Dubrowsky
Willie Best ... Sam
Walter Miller ... Coach Banks
Crawford Weaver ... Baker
George Irving ... President Hammond
John Arledge ... Ted Calkins
Dick Hogan ... Freshman
Al St. John ... Andy Jones (as Al St.John)
Charles Trowbridge ... President Horace C. Mitchell


A college football star struggles to return integrity to the game.

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Drama | Romance | Sport


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Release Date:

8 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

HerĂ³is do Futebol See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO 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?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Altoona Friday 15 June 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10); it soon became a popular local favorite and first aired in Philadelphia Thursday 12 July 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6) , in Detroit Monday 10 September 1956 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Memphis Saturday 15 September 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in San Francisco Wednesday 10 October 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in New York City Tuesday 16 October 1956 on WOR (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Sunday 12 November 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), in Pittsburgh Tuesday 27 November 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2), in both New Haven and in Miami Saturday 8 December 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8) and on WITV (Channel 17), and in Cincinnati Friday 28 December 1956 on WLW-T (Channel 5). See more »


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After 80 years, premise still making (sports) headlines
17 December 2016 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Should college football players be paid? That question is still being asked 80 years after this movie asked it.

Van Heflin was 29 years old, perhaps a bit past the age of his college football quarterback character, but he was perfectly believable in what seems to be his fifth movie role. He gives a great performance, and makes me wonder why he wasn't more of a star.

His character's love interest was lovely Marian Marsh, who reminded me of one of the Lane sisters. She was an excellent actress, but her bio here at IMDb tells a heart-breaking story of foolishness on the part of Hollywood studios failing or refusing to recognize her ability.

Several other really excellent and recognizable actors help fill out a superior cast, but to me Al St. John always stands out. He did some mugging, of course, but his mobile features were relatively restrained and his "Andy Jones" character added a lot to the story.

So, should college football players be paid?

I get asked that question every once in a while in surveys I receive on a frequent basis. Frankly, this movie has changed my mind.

"Saturday's Heroes" is extremely well done (with one somewhat noticeable goof in the use of stock footage), filled with exciting 1930s football, a few stereotypes, and that nagging question: Should college football players be paid?

Watch "Saturday's Heroes" and reach your own conclusion. Whatever you think of that proposition, you are bound to like the movie. I do recommend it and hope you like it as much as I do.

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