Idol of the Crowds (1937)

60 or 62-62.5 mins | Drama | 10 October 1937

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writer:

Harold Buckley

Producer:

Trem Carr

Cinematographer:

Harry Neumann

Editor:

Charles Craft

Production Designer:

Charles Clague

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

The pre-release title was Hell on Ice . HR production charts list Bernadene Hayes in the cast, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A HR news item noted that Madison Square Garden Corp. filed suit against Universal, "alleging that the Company misrepresented things when it asked exhibitors to exploit the ice hockey scenes...as being authentic scenes shot in the Garden." The outcome of the lawsuit is not ... More Less

The pre-release title was Hell on Ice . HR production charts list Bernadene Hayes in the cast, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A HR news item noted that Madison Square Garden Corp. filed suit against Universal, "alleging that the Company misrepresented things when it asked exhibitors to exploit the ice hockey scenes...as being authentic scenes shot in the Garden." The outcome of the lawsuit is not known. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Sep 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
30 Sep 37
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 37
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 38
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
28 Sep 37
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Oct 37
p. 32, 36
New York Times
4 Dec 37
p. 21.
Variety
8 Dec 37
p. 16.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Hell on Ice
Release Date:
10 October 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
30 September 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7447
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 62-62.5
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3520
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Press agent Kelly and team manager Joe Garber of the Panthers, a New York hockey team, recruit chicken farmer Johnny Hanson, based on his amateur hockey renown. Johnny is enticed by the $100 per week salary, with which he will be able to fix his farm, so he moves to New York with his twelve-year-old orphan friend, Bobby. Johnny helps pull the team into the top ranks and makes a name for himself. One night, he and his friend, Squat Bates, go to a roller skating rink where Johnny runs into Helen Dale, who advises him to stay off skates. Later, Helen attends a Panther game with the roller rink owner, Jack Irwin, who arranges with her to date Johnny. Johnny falls in love with Helen, and together they share the dream of owning a chicken farm. The night before a championship game, Irwin reveals to Johnny that he has bet $200,000 on the opposition, and offers Johnny $5,000 to throw the game, knowing that that is the amount he needs for his farm. Johnny rejects the bribe, and when Helen encourages him to accept it, he realizes she has been working with Irwin and rejects her. Irwin orders his thug, Spike Regan, to get rid of Johnny, but instead, Spike injures Bobby by accident. After Spike threatens Johnny, Johnny pretends to be injured during a game and is sent to the hospital. He is unharmed, but stays with Bobby through a serious operation, then rejoins the championship game on the final night, much to Irwin and Spike's surprise. Johnny wins the game for the team, and Irwin ... +


Press agent Kelly and team manager Joe Garber of the Panthers, a New York hockey team, recruit chicken farmer Johnny Hanson, based on his amateur hockey renown. Johnny is enticed by the $100 per week salary, with which he will be able to fix his farm, so he moves to New York with his twelve-year-old orphan friend, Bobby. Johnny helps pull the team into the top ranks and makes a name for himself. One night, he and his friend, Squat Bates, go to a roller skating rink where Johnny runs into Helen Dale, who advises him to stay off skates. Later, Helen attends a Panther game with the roller rink owner, Jack Irwin, who arranges with her to date Johnny. Johnny falls in love with Helen, and together they share the dream of owning a chicken farm. The night before a championship game, Irwin reveals to Johnny that he has bet $200,000 on the opposition, and offers Johnny $5,000 to throw the game, knowing that that is the amount he needs for his farm. Johnny rejects the bribe, and when Helen encourages him to accept it, he realizes she has been working with Irwin and rejects her. Irwin orders his thug, Spike Regan, to get rid of Johnny, but instead, Spike injures Bobby by accident. After Spike threatens Johnny, Johnny pretends to be injured during a game and is sent to the hospital. He is unharmed, but stays with Bobby through a serious operation, then rejoins the championship game on the final night, much to Irwin and Spike's surprise. Johnny wins the game for the team, and Irwin and Spike are arrested. Helen and Johnny make up, marry, and return to their chicken farm with Bobby. +

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