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Pigskin Parade (1936)

Pigskin Parade (1936)

Pigskin Parade





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The first of 20th Century-Fox's college musicals, Pigskin Parade is also close to the best of them in musical terms -- though they were all at least pretty good on that level -- principally thanks to the presence of 13-year-old Judy Garland, playing an Arkansas farm girl with surprising sincerity and success (in addition to belting out a couple of numbers with the depth and sincerity of a performer at least twice that age). The plot starts rolling when the Yale University football team, looking for a credible but not too tough opponent for a charity game, accidentally invites the team from tiny Tesax State University (enrollment 700) instead of the University of Texas (enrollment 7500). Texas State has also just gotten a new football coach, Slug Winters (Jack Haley), who's had a lot of success coaching high school back in Flushing, New York but still has to prove himself with college players -- he arrives with his brassy, outspoken wife (Patsy Kelly) just ahead of the invitation from Yale, which nearly sends them running back to New York. Through sheer luck and Mrs. Winters' brainstorm, however, they figure out a way they can meet the Yale team on the field and not get steamrollered -- they come up with a fast, highly mobile brand of football that makes them contenders, but then they lose their star-player. Mrs. Winters manages to stumble onto Amos Dodd (Stuart Erwin), an Arkansas farm boy who developed his arm by tossing watermelons around, and brings him and his sister (Judy Garland) to the college. But now they have to make Amos -- who never finished high school -- eligible, and keep him interested enough in the team and the college to get him to the game. It's all a lot of fun, with lots of comic antics and a song spicing up the pace every few minutes, and Haley and Kelly are a delight to watch together.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: William M. Conselman, Mark Kelly, William Conselman, Harry Tugend, Jack Yellen
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On DVD: May 22, 2007
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Jack Haley
as Winston `Slug' Winte...
Patsy Kelly
as Bessie Winters
Stuart Erwin
as Amos Dodd
Judy Garland
as Sairy Dodd
Johnny Downs
as Chip Carson
Betty Grable
as Laura Watson
Arline Judge
as Sally Saxon
Dixie Dunbar
as Ginger Jones
Tony Martin
as Tommy Barker
Fred Kohler Jr.
as Biff Bentley
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Herbert Van Dyke
Grady Sutton
as Mortimer Higgins
Julius Tannen
as Dr. Burke
Sam Hayes
as Radio Announcer/Hims...
Bob McClung
as Country Boy
George Herbert
as Professor
Pat Flaherty
as Referee
David Sharpe
as Messenger boy
Si Jenks
as Baggage Master
Jack Stoney
as Policeman
Ben Hall
as Boy in stadium
Lynn Bari
as Girl in stadium
Maurice Cass
as Prof. Tutweiler
Jack Best
as Prof. McCormick
Robert McClung
as Country boy
Douglas Wood
as Prof. Dutton
Charles Croker King
as Prof. Pillsbury
Alan Ladd
as Student
Jed Prouty
as Mr. Van Dyke
Emma Dunn
as Mrs. Van Dyke
George Offerman
as Freddy, Yale reporte...
Tony Martin (II)
as Tommy Barker
Charles Wilson
as Yale Coach
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Critic Reviews for Pigskin Parade

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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May 30, 2001
AV Club
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This clunky musical (a formulaic combo of football feature and campus comedy) is best known today for featuring two actresses who would become major stars in the 1940s: Judy Garland (then 13) and Betty Grable.

Full Review… | January 7, 2012

Audience Reviews for Pigskin Parade

judy's first and betty grable's in there somewhere but more a curiosity piece than anything else.

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