College Coach

College Coach

Director: William Wellman Cast: Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak, Pat O'Brien

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Those who only know Pat O'Brien from his later, slightly more avuncular roles may be surprised to see him pumping out almost as much energy as his friend (and sometime co-star) James Cagney, in the lead and title role of College Coach. As James Gore, the head football coach for Calvert College, he leads his team to victory at any cost, including fair-play, decent (if not good) sportsmanship, and honesty -- he's even got his hooks into the financial end of a stadium deal. But all isn't well with those around Gore -- his best and most honorable player, Sargeant (Dick Powell, really wants to get an education while playing college ball, and finally backs out when he sees the hypocrisy around him; and his other top player, Weaver (Lyle Talbott), is a self-centered headline hound with an IQ in low double-digits who is a detriment to the team whenever he isn't scoring touchdowns. And his work seems to be unraveling when his tactics bring about a tragedy on the playing field. But it's when he discovers that his own wife (Ann Dvorak) is feeling so neglected that she's been pushed toward infidelity -- with Weaver -- that he realizes he's gone too far. With Calvert College about to lose much of what it stands for academically over the collapse of its football team, help comes from unexpected places, including a wife who still loves him and the one player Gore had who is smart enough to see the bigger picture.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
UPC: 0883316276914
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 34,680

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Powell Phil Sargent
Ann Dvorak Claire Gore
Pat O'Brien Coach Gore
Arthur Byron Dr. Phillip Sargent
Lyle Talbot Buck Weaver
Hugh Herbert Barnett
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Matthews
Donald Meek Spencer Trask
Harry Beresford Professor
Nat Pendleton Terowski
Philip Faversham Editor
Charles Wilson Hauser
Berton Churchill Otis
Arthur Hohl Seymour Young
Herman Bing Glantz
Phillip Reed Westerman
John Wayne Football Player
Ward Bond Football Player
Joseph Sauer Holcomb

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Niven Busch Screenwriter
Robert Lord Producer
Jack Okey Art Director
Thomas Pratt Editor
Manuel Seff Screenwriter
Arthur Todd Cinematographer

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