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The Big Game (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 9 October 1936 (USA)
Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins.

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Irwin Shaw (screenplay), Francis Wallace (story "Odds Against Honor")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Huston Phillip Huston ... Clark Jenkins (as Philip Huston)
James Gleason ... George Scott
June Travis ... Margaret Anthony
Bruce Cabot ... Cal Calhoun
Andy Devine ... Pop Andrews
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Pete Jenkins (as Guinn Williams)
John Arledge ... Spike Adams
C. Henry Gordon ... Brad Anthony
Jay Berwanger Jay Berwanger ... Jay Berwanger - University of Chicago All-American
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare ... Bill Shakespeare - Notre Dame All-American
Robert 'Bobby' Wilson Robert 'Bobby' Wilson ... Bobby Wilson - Southern Methodist All-American
James 'Monk' Moscrip James 'Monk' Moscrip ... Monk Monscrip - Stanford All-American
Irwin 'King Kong' Klein Irwin 'King Kong' Klein ... King Kong Klein - New York University All-American
Gomer Jones Gomer Jones ... Gomer Jones - Ohio State All-American
Robert 'Bones' Hamilton Robert 'Bones' Hamilton ... Bones Hamilton - Stanford All-American
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Storyline

Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins. The plot is typical but the on-field action is pretty good featuring real players using some actual footage. The idea for the riot scene came from an actual brawl at an NYU-Fordham football game. Written by sandlot3

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Grande Jogo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The novel "Big Game" by Francis Wallace was first published as a serial entitled "Odds Against Honor" in Collier's magazine from 26 October to 14 December 1935.. The idea for the riot scene came from an actual riot at a New York University-Fordham University football game. RKO bought 1000 feet of the 1935 Rose Bowl game footage for use in the film. In that game, Alabama beat Stanford 29-13. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, in a long shot, a running touchdown play is shown, but the team in white is missing the heavy black stripes on their jerseys as shown earlier on players from "Atlantic University". This happens in other scenarios in the film. See more »

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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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Have things changed all that much?
18 December 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While "The Big Game" has a few clichés and is predictable, it is enjoyable. It also lets the viewer know that cheating at college sports certainly is NOT a recent phenomenon!

Phillip Huston stars as Clark Jenkins--a star football player for Atlantic University. Atlantic is one of the best teams in the country and has gotten that way by blatantly cheating. Some of the players are former professionals who are WAY too old to be playing, some consort with gamblers and some get under the table payments to play. In other words, things back in the 1930s were a lot like today! However, inexplicably, although Atlantic clearly cheats, the viewer is expected to cheer for the school and its big star. This is a serious weakness of an otherwise enjoyable picture. Overall, clichés and all, it still manages to oddly entertain.


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