Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1936. Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin, Mark Kelly, Screenplay by Harry Tugend, Jack Yellen, William M. Conselman. Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Music by David Buttolph. Production Design by Hans Peters. Costume Design by Gwen Wakeling. Film Editing by Irene Morra. Academy Awards 1936.
Cute musical comedy is now most notable for being the feature film debut of a fourteen year-old Judy Garland. Until her appearance halfway through the feature, you’ll enjoy the comedic antics of a tiny Texas university that has been selected, through clerical error, to compete their football team against Yale at a nationally recognized game. Jack Haley is the inept coach who has to get the fellas ready, while Patsy Kelly (who is terrific) plays his much more capable wife who is responsible for whatever it is that the guys do right. When their star player is injured and can’t play in the big game, they discover a country bumpkin (Stuart Erwin) who can throw a melon across yards, and whose little sister (Garland) can sing up a storm. It’s a mild distraction, but it’s cute and there are plenty of good laughs.