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Million Dollar Legs (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 14 July 1939 (USA)
At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his ... See full summary »


Nick Grinde, Edward Dmytryk (uncredited)


Lewis R. Foster (screenplay), Richard English (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Grable ... Carol Parker
John Hartley ... Greg Melton Jr.
Donald O'Connor ... Sticky Boone
Jackie Coogan ... Russ Simpson
Buster Crabbe ... Coach Jordan (as Larry Crabbe)
Thurston Hall ... Gregory Melton Sr.
Peter Lind Hayes ... Freddie 'Ten-Percent' Fry (as Peter Hayes)
Dorothea Kent ... Susie Quinn
Richard Denning ... Hunk Jordan
Phil Warren Phil Warren ... Buck Hogan (as Philip Warren)
Edward Arnold Jr. Edward Arnold Jr. ... Blimp Garrett (as Eddie Arbold Jr.)
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Dean Wixby
Matty Kemp ... Ed Riggs
William Tracy ... Egghead Jackson
Joyce Mathews ... Bunny Maxwell


At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his girl Susie; he schemes to revive crew boat racing. Sinking boats, no money, and his own waistline stand in his way. Can they win the big race with State University? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

14 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ela Prefere os Atletas See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Monday 2 March 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); after a year back on the shelf, it first aired in Columbus 26 February 1960 on WBNS (Channel 10), in Toledo 14 September 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11), and in Johnstown 3 December 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6). See more »


Dean Wixby: It was our beloved student body president!
Coach Baxter: Frye?
Dean Wixby: Fry! I'll boil him in oil.
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Good B Campus Comedy
2 June 2016 | by magicshadows-90098See all my reviews

This is a good B' campus sports romance comedy. Betty Grable is top billed here but she has a minor role as a girlfriend of one of the athletes. The real star is Peter Lind Hayes, Middleton College's student president. Hayes is cast as annoying character (Freddie Fry) who is always on the make for a dollar. Every event is a chance to exploit his friends and the student body. This is all played out in a rather playful way, with everyone just shrugging off Fry's selfish attitude.

The plot centres on the school's athletics program which is on the skids due to the Dean's lack of interest in athletics. The Dean is played by Thurston Hall who delivers who usual solid performance. John Hartley stars as the Dean's son who just happens to be a star rower. Much of the film follows the students as they try and get the rowing program back in the water.

Donald O'Connor is also billed but has a minor role as young jockey. He provides a key tip that allows the student to back his horse and raise some money for the rowing team. Jackie Coogan, also billed, only has a couple lines, is 25 years old and looks 35, which strains credibility as his is suppose to be a student. This marks an interesting point in the movie itself. That being that the older kids are quite horrible to the freshmen, which causes a couple of cringes because some of the "kids" look 35.

The finale has Middleton College up against a rival in a big rowing challenge. Middleton wins; the Dean sees the error of his academics only attitude; and Fry comes through by giving a little back to the student body. A very competent well made Paramount B'.

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