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Saturday's Hero (1951)

A star high school football player goes through the ups and downs of 'big-time' college athletics in the 1950's.


David Miller


Sidney Buchman (screenplay), Millard Lampell (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Derek ... Steve Novak
Donna Reed ... Melissa
Sidney Blackmer ... T. C. McCabe
Alexander Knox ... Prof. Megroth
Elliott Lewis Elliott Lewis ... Eddie Abrams
Otto Hulett ... Coach 'Preacher' Tennant
Howard St. John ... Belfrage
Aldo Ray ... Gene Hausler (as Aldo DaRe)
Alvin Baldock Alvin Baldock ... Francis 'Clay' Clayborne
Wilbur Robertson Wilbur Robertson ... Bob Whittier
Charles Barnes Charles Barnes ... Moose Wagner (as Charles Mercer Barnes)
Bill Martin Bill Martin ... Joe Mestrovic
Mickey Knox ... Joey Novak
Sandro Giglio Sandro Giglio ... Poppa Jan Novak
Tito Vuolo ... Manuel


High school football hero Steve Novak finds himself caught up in the world of big-time college athletics at Jackson University in the 1950's. He must balance his desire to get an education with the high expectations of his coach and "benefactor," by whose grace he is attending Jackson. Still applicable today, the movie shows that the problems of college athletics are not just a new phenomenon. Written by Jerry Milani <jerry@newyorkcity.com>

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A sobering movie
2 December 2005 | by jsw99See all my reviews

I saw this film in 1951 when I was in high school. It was really depressing to some extent. It showed how the players were recruited and used only for the sake of football. I can somewhat remember how Steve was injured and how they gerry rigged a shoulder pad so he could play while injured. I also remember how he was rather a bright student in the class room. I only wish I could purchase the DVD or the VHS of this movie. I am not sure if it has ever been put out in that format. I think the movie when seen will seem like it just happened yesterday in that the situation in college football hasn't changed much over the last fifty years.

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Release Date:

10 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hero See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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