Pigskin Parade (1936)

DAVID BUTLER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1936Twentieth Century Fox.  Story by , , , Screenplay by , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  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.   is the inept coach who has to get the fellas ready, while  (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.

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