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Pete Wilson is on top. He is the highest paid professional football player in the league. He has seen other players come and go, but he was MVP last year and the future looks rosy. His wife, Liza, is there for the fame, the money, the good times and does not like those who are washed up. His friend Tim, just retired and accepted a job as head coach at State. But Pete discovers that he has a condition that may end his career and all that he knows is football. Written by
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The white football seen in the warm-ups for the night game at the end of the film was used in the NFL for such games from 1929 to 1955. It was considered to be more visible to the players and fans than the typical brown football. By 1956 better stadium lighting, especially needed for television, made the white football obsolete. See more »
Does this mean another operation on my knee, Mr. Lenahan?
That's it, Benny.
Too bad I'm not an automobile. Then all we'd have to do is put on a new wheel.
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Victor Mature, dour as always, is a pro football player. He ought to have hung it up long ago, and he knows it. He is married to Lizabeth Scott. Scott is very ambitious. Of course, today her ambition would seem quite logical. In 1949, it was still a little unusual for a woman not to be content with hubby's income and prestige.
These two are an odd pair. That's an aside, having little to do with whether or not the movie works -- and I do think it does.
Lloyd Nolan is excellent as the coach. Lucille Ball gives a subdued performance as his secretary.
Almost no one in this movie has what or who he or she wants. A gloom hangs over it.
Jacques Tourneur was an excellent director. This isn't his best. But I have a feeling it was a bit of a challenge for him -- a very all-American setting and plot. And he brings it off beautifully.
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