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Maybe It's Love (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 4 October 1930 (USA)
A college football player (Joe E. Brown) persuades a beautiful young woman (Joan Bennett) to individually flirt with an entire team of All-American football players, in order to entice them... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Darryl F. Zanuck (based on the story by) (as Mark Canfield), Joseph Jackson (screen play & dialogue by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe E. Brown ... Speed Hanson (Yates per on-screen credits)
Joan Bennett ... Nan Sheffield
James Hall ... Tommy Nelson
Laura Lee ... Betty
Sumner Getchell ... Whiskers
George Irving ... College Professor Sheffield
George Bickel George Bickel ... Trustee
Russell Saunders Russell Saunders ... Russ Saunders of Southern California (as Russ Saunders)
Tim Moynihan Tim Moynihan ... Tim Moynihan of Notre Dame
Bill Banker ... Bill Banker of Tulane University
Howard Harpster Howard Harpster ... Howard Harpster of Carnegie Tech
Ray Montgomery Ray Montgomery ... Ray Montgomery of Univ. of Pittsburgh
Otto Pommerening Otto Pommerening ... Otto Pommerening of Michigan
Red Sleight Red Sleight ... Red Sleight of Purdue (as E.N. Sleight)
Kenneth Haycraft Kenneth Haycraft ... Kenneth Haycraft of Minnesota
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Storyline

A college football player (Joe E. Brown) persuades a beautiful young woman (Joan Bennett) to individually flirt with an entire team of All-American football players, in order to entice them over to her college. But the players get angry and threaten to walk out when they find out that they have been fooled, and they get even madder when they discover that she has actually fallen in love with one of their own teammates (James Hall). Written by Beeb E. Rebozo

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Taglines:

Collegiate Pep! Campus romance! Bubbling youth- and a "Big Game"- the snappiest rah-rah-rah comedy romance of the football gridiron! A college education minus the classroom! (Print Ad- Prescott Evening Courier, ((Prescott, Ariz.)) 29 December 1930)

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eleven Men and a Girl See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Laura Lee, billed 4th in the credits, was originally to have been Joe E. Brown's love interest, and shared a couple of songs with him, but was eventually almost entirely cut out. She now only appears briefly in a couple of scenes, and has no interaction with Brown whatsoever. See more »

Goofs

At around 20 mins, Nan and a football player tip over in a canoe and are completely submerged. Then they swim to shore and upon exiting the water, Nan's hair is almost totally dry with only the tips wet. See more »

Quotes

Nan: It's alcohol! That's gotten you kicked out of a dozen colleges.
Tommy: It's got a kick, all right.
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Crazy Credits

Joe E. Brown's character is called "Yates" in the credits, but is always referred to as Speed Hanson in the dialogue. Similarly, Sumner Getchell is billed as "Whiskers" but is called only Ned, and George Irving is credited as "College Professor," but is actually President Sheffield of the college. See more »

Connections

Version of The College Widow (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Maybe It's Love
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Archie Gottler and George W. Meyer
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Sung by Joan Bennett and then by James Hall
Also played on a record
Also sung by the team
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Not much of comedy, with Joe E. Brown doing his usual mugging.
29 April 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

I'm a Joe E. Brown fan from way back, but this film doesn't give him much to work with. He does his usual open-mouthed scream that starts out like a siren a few times, but little else other than move the story along. The idea of getting eleven of the All-American football stars from the 1928 - 29 season in a movie about football may have been a good one in 1929, but their names are meaningless (to me anyway) 70 years later. And their acting is awful. Even Joan Bennett, who uses her sexual wiles to get them to come to the college to form a winning team, seems to act very stiffly. Unless you are a football fan and enjoy watching some action, there isn't much to recommend.


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