Father Was a Fullback

Overview

First came 20th Century-Fox's Mother Was a Freshman; then, a few months later, the same studio's Father Was a Fullback. Fred MacMurray stars as college football coach George Cooper, whose team can't win a game to save its life. George finds some comfort in the arms of his wife Elizabeth Maureen O'Hara, but his young daughters Connie Betty Lynn and Ellen Natalie Wood are too concerned with boys to pay their dad any attention. Connie causes no end of trouble for George by printing a highly imaginative article about...
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Overview

First came 20th Century-Fox's Mother Was a Freshman; then, a few months later, the same studio's Father Was a Fullback. Fred MacMurray stars as college football coach George Cooper, whose team can't win a game to save its life. George finds some comfort in the arms of his wife Elizabeth Maureen O'Hara, but his young daughters Connie Betty Lynn and Ellen Natalie Wood are too concerned with boys to pay their dad any attention. Connie causes no end of trouble for George by printing a highly imaginative article about her various romances. On the verge of losing his job, George is saved by the arrival of football champ Joe Burch Richard Tyler. Rudy Vallee virtually repeats his stuffy-suitor characterization from Mother is a Freshman in Father Was a Fullback.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Father Was a Fullback's title is incorrect -- the man is a coach, actually -- but it might as easily have been called "Fred MacMurray Prepares for His Disney Days." This slight but certainly amiable little flick comes some ten years before MacMurray began headlining a number of family films for the "Mouse House," usually playing a character not too terribly different from the one in Father. It's the kind of role that doesn't strain MacMurray terribly, but he handles it quite well -- especially since he's most often called upon to play the straight man and let others get the laughs. Those laughs are very likely to be in response to something said -- or, more accurately, slung -- by the always amusing Thelma Ritter, who knows how to get three or four laughs out of a line that only deserves one and who is perfectly willing, by dint of a disbelieving glance or seen-it-all shrug, to bring forth mirth from even the weakest of jokes. When Ritter's not stealing those laughs from MacMurray, he still has to deal with Betty Lynn and Natalie Wood making off with them, which must make him very thankful for Maureen O'Hara, who is most often content to offer sterling support without worrying about whether she's getting the best of the jokes. Father is total nonsense, but the cast makes it a quite enjoyable way to pass an hour and a half or so.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2012
  • UPC: 024543852582
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,381

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred MacMurray George Cooper
Maureen O'Hara Elizabeth Cooper
Betty Lynn Connie Cooper
Herbert Pryor Vallée Mr. Jessop
Thelma Ritter Geraldine
Natalie Wood Ellen Cooper
Richard Tyler Joe Birch
Buddy Martin Cheer leader
Mickey McCardle Jones
Charles Flynn Policeman
Bill Self Willie
Joe Haworth Reporter
Gilbert Barnett Stinky Parker
Tom Bernard Delivery Boy
Mike Mahoney Sailor
Tom Hanlon Radio Announcer
Forbes Murray College President
Lee MacGregor Cheer leader
Don Hicks Bill
Robert Adler Grandstand Bit
Jim Backus Prof. Sullivan
Don Barclay Grandstand Coach
Rodney Bell
Harry Carter
Ruth Clifford Neighbor
Fred Dale
Bess Flowers Woman
Louise Lorimer Mrs. Jones
John R. McKee Cy
Robert Patten Manager
Bill Radovich Football Player
Wilson Wood
Technical Credits
John M. Stahl Director
Lloyd Ahern Jr. Cinematographer
Lloyd Ahern Jr. Cinematographer
Chester Gore Art Director
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Aleen Leslie Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Mary Loos Screenwriter
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Richard Sale Screenwriter
Fred Sersen Special Effects
J. Watson Webb Jr. Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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