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Father Was a Fullback (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Sport | 12 May 1950 (Australia)
Football coach George Cooper has as many problems managing his football team as he has at home dealing with his daughters, Ellen and Connie.

Director:

John M. Stahl

Writers:

Clifford Goldsmith (story), Aleen Leslie (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fred MacMurray ... George Cooper
Maureen O'Hara ... Elizabeth Cooper
Betty Lynn ... Connie Cooper
Rudy Vallee ... Mr. Jessup
Thelma Ritter ... Geraldine
Natalie Wood ... Ellen Cooper
Jim Backus ... Professor Sullivan (as James G. Backus)
Richard Tyler Richard Tyler ... Joe Birch
Buddy Martin Buddy Martin ... Cheerleader
Frank Mills ... Assistant Football Coach
Mickey McCardle Mickey McCardle ... Jones
John McKee John McKee ... Cy
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Jones
Ruth Clifford ... Neighbor
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Storyline

Coach George Copper's college football team is losing game after game, much to the dismay of stiff-and-stuffy but influential alumni Roger Jessup, and also having trouble at home with his oldest daughter, Connie. The team keeps losing and Coach Cooper is about to lose his job as his efforts to win the last game of the season, against the team's Big Rival, end in disaster. But, unknown to he and his wife, Elizabeth, Connie has sold an article, called "I Was a Bubble Dancer" to a 'True-Confession" magazine, and the girl-who-couldn't-get-a-date becomes suddenly popular and, because of her, the high-school football star from another town decides to play his college-ball for Coach Cooper. Jessup is forced to keep Cooper on as the school's football coach. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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I wanted to live DANGEROUSLY so I married a football coach (who lost every game)

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Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Father Was a Fullback See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A month after the film's release, 'Natalie Wood (I)' received the child of the year award in celebration of Children's Day. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Cooper: Not going, he a professor, teaches English literature
Ellen Cooper: No, I mean going
George 'Coop' Cooper: Helen, That's ridiculous, go and get clean up
Ellen Cooper: Daphne heard him gurgling on the phone like a worn out wolf about being a freshman in college
Elizabeth Cooper: Oh What an Idea
[looks at George, stunned]
Elizabeth Cooper: George Cooper!
Ellen Cooper: And he was pitching woos to a girl, Daphne thinks maybe she ought to tell her mother
Elizabeth Cooper: George you didn't
George 'Coop' Cooper: Father little helper
[...]
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

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Very cute family comedy
21 April 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Fred MacMurray's having some trouble, both at work and at home. He's a football coach to a perpetually losing team, his teenaged daughter Betty Lynn is depressed because she can't get a date, his wife Maureen O'Hara is spread pretty thin by continually doing damage control, his boss Rudy Vallee keeps pressures him, and his maid Thelma Ritter actually bets against him on game day! His youngest daughter Natalie Wood tries to help her sister by making up a fake suitor, but the lie quickly gets out of hand when Betty wants to meet him. That part of the movie is by far the cutest and funniest, as everyone pitches in to try and help Betty and her imaginary boyfriend-but you'll have to watch the movie to find out the hilarity!

Father Was a Fullback reminded me of a cross between Kiss and Tell, in which a teenaged Shirley Temple makes mischief when her hormones start kicking in, and The Impossible Years, in which Professor David Niven has trouble with his two teenaged daughters when they start dating. If you liked either of those classic comedies, you'll probably like Fred MacMurray's take on it. It's not my favorite old comedy-I adore The Impossible Years- but it was entertaining, and it was very cute to see Maureen O'Hara as Natalie Wood's mom once again.


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