College Coach (1933)

75 mins | Drama | 4 November 1933

Director:

William A. Wellman

Cinematographer:

Arthur L. Todd

Editor:

Thomas Pratt

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to production reports included in the file on the film in the AMPAS Library, the film was made for a total cost of $245,000. In 1940, Pat O'Brien played Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne, a role that is very similar to this one. (See below, Knute Rockne, All American .) Modern sources credit Robert Lord as supervisor. Although College Coach was released prior to the issuance of PCA numbers, the film was granted the number 2614-R by the MPAA in ... More Less

According to production reports included in the file on the film in the AMPAS Library, the film was made for a total cost of $245,000. In 1940, Pat O'Brien played Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne, a role that is very similar to this one. (See below, Knute Rockne, All American .) Modern sources credit Robert Lord as supervisor. Although College Coach was released prior to the issuance of PCA numbers, the film was granted the number 2614-R by the MPAA in 1936. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
10 Nov 33
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 33
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
10 Nov 33
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Nov 33
p. 42.
New York Times
11 Nov 33
p. 10.
Time
6 Nov 33
p. 42
Variety
14 Nov 33
p. 30.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Story and scr by
Story and scr by
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOURCES
SONGS
"Lonely Lane" and "Men of Calvert," music and lyrics by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal
"Just One More Chance," music and lyrics by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston
"Meet Me in the Gloaming," music and lyrics by Arthur Freed, Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart
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SONGS
"Lonely Lane" and "Men of Calvert," music and lyrics by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal
"Just One More Chance," music and lyrics by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston
"Meet Me in the Gloaming," music and lyrics by Arthur Freed, Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart
"What Will I Do Without You?" music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Hilda Gottlieb.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
4 November 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4255
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
2614-R
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Calvert University decides to improve the football team in order to attract more money to the school's coffers. Although the head of the school, Dr. Phillip Sargeant, is opposed to the action, the board hires Coach Gore, whose teams never lose but whose methods are a little shady. Gore brings in three new athletes, Buck Weaver, Matthews and Petrowsky, offering them money and signing them up for easy courses they are guaranteed to pass. Phil Sargeant, Dr. Sargeant's son, is the last member of Gore's "Four Aces." He is an outstanding player but he is even more interested in chemistry. While Gore is busy training his team and meeting with reporters, his wife Claire is lonely and feels abandoned. Buck flirts with her, but she isn't interested. When Phil does not complete his chemistry exam, but passes it anyway, he is angry about the dishonesty involved. Realizing that football is interfering with his studies, he quarrels with Gore and quits the team. Finally Claire, thinking that Gore is seeing other women, calls up Buck and goes to dinner with him. Gore happens to see them in the restaurant and kicks Buck off the team and Claire out of the house. The team starts losing and the chemistry department is threatened by the loss of funds. During the last big game, which Calvert must win, the team is behind twenty to nothing. Claire sweet talks Buck into playing and Phil also joins the game in order to save his beloved chemistry department. The Four Aces are back together, and Calvert wins in the last quarter. Claire and Gore are ... +


Calvert University decides to improve the football team in order to attract more money to the school's coffers. Although the head of the school, Dr. Phillip Sargeant, is opposed to the action, the board hires Coach Gore, whose teams never lose but whose methods are a little shady. Gore brings in three new athletes, Buck Weaver, Matthews and Petrowsky, offering them money and signing them up for easy courses they are guaranteed to pass. Phil Sargeant, Dr. Sargeant's son, is the last member of Gore's "Four Aces." He is an outstanding player but he is even more interested in chemistry. While Gore is busy training his team and meeting with reporters, his wife Claire is lonely and feels abandoned. Buck flirts with her, but she isn't interested. When Phil does not complete his chemistry exam, but passes it anyway, he is angry about the dishonesty involved. Realizing that football is interfering with his studies, he quarrels with Gore and quits the team. Finally Claire, thinking that Gore is seeing other women, calls up Buck and goes to dinner with him. Gore happens to see them in the restaurant and kicks Buck off the team and Claire out of the house. The team starts losing and the chemistry department is threatened by the loss of funds. During the last big game, which Calvert must win, the team is behind twenty to nothing. Claire sweet talks Buck into playing and Phil also joins the game in order to save his beloved chemistry department. The Four Aces are back together, and Calvert wins in the last quarter. Claire and Gore are reconciled when he insists that he is going to quit football and devote himself to Claire, but when another school makes him a terrific offer, Claire accepts the position for him. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
College, with songs, Football


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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