Pigskin Parade


Pigskin Parade

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Pigskin Parade was the first of 20th Century-Fox's many college football musicals of the 1930s. Gridiron coach Jack Haley will lose his job if he doesn't find a football hero for his college team. Haley and his wife (Patsy Kelly) scour the countryside, until they finally a slow-witted farm boy (Stuart Erwin) who practices his throwing skills by tossing watermelons an astonishing distance - which convinces the couple that he could do the same with the pigskin and thus become a sports hero. The bucolic young man is enrolled in the college, where his classmates do everything short of cheating to keep him academically qualified for the team. Thanks to the boy's natural sports talent, the team makes it to the Yale Bowl. Pigskin Parade is distinguished by a blockbuster musical cast, including The Yacht Club Boys (a "gentile" variation of the Ritz Brothers.), Johnny Downs, Betty Grable and Dixie Dunbar. But the film is stolen by 13-year-old Judy Garland, making her feature film debut as Stu Erwin's kid sister, who belts out several songs with the virtuosity of an entertainer twice her age.

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Jack Haley
as Winston `Slug' Winters
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 Terwilliger Van Dyck
Grady Sutton
as Mortimer Higgins
Julius Tannen
as Dr. Burke
Sam Hayes
as Radio Announcer/Himself
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 reporter
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Critic Reviews for Pigskin Parade

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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.

    Jan 7, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pigskin Parade

  • Dec 23, 2007
    judy's first and betty grable's in there somewhere but more a curiosity piece than anything else.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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