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Pigskin Parade
     

Pigskin Parade

Director: David Butler, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, Stuart Erwin

Cast: David Butler, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, Stuart Erwin

 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Director David Butler isn't quite as nimble as some of the others who would take on this sort of movie in the future, but as a first effort in a new comedy sub-genre (at least, for the talkie era), he keeps the dialogue and the pace snappy and gets a lot out of his performers. Indeed, some of the funnier scenes here are played by actors such as Maurice Cass, who were not well known for their comedic skills; some of the music is a drag, though not when Judy Garland is on screen, and even the throwaway lines express humor that keeps this 1936 relic fresher than it would appear to have a right to be. Jack Haley and Patsy Kelly steal most of the scenes they're in, with Kelly the sparkplug for a lot of the humor -- but they make such a good team together playing each other, that it's hardly fair to Haley to say this without that disclaimer.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0024543438779
Original Release:
1936
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Making the team: The Talent of Pigskin Parade featurette; Remembering Judy:; Lorna Luft on Judy Garland featurette; Meet the Coach: Darryl F. Zanuck featurette; Restoration comparison; Still galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patsy Kelly Bessie Winters
Jack Haley "Slug" Winston Winters
Stuart Erwin Amos Dodd
Johnny Downs Chip Carson
Betty Grable Laura Watson
Arline Judge Sally Saxon
Dixie Dunbar Ginger Jones
Judy Garland Sairy Dodd
Tony Martin Tommy Baker
Fred Kohler Biff Bentley
Grady Sutton Mortimer Matthews
Elisha Cook Herbert Van Dyke
Jed Prouty Mr. Van Dyke
Emma Dunn Mrs. Van Dyke
Eddie Nugent Sparks
Julius Tannen Dr. Burke
Pat Flaherty Referee
Si Jenks Baggage Master
Ted Offenbecker Freddy
Alan Ladd Student
Lynn Bari Girl in stadium
Maurice Cass Prof. Tutweiler
John Dilson Doctor
Ben Hall Boy in stadium
George Y. Harvey Brakeman
Sam Hayes Radio Announcer - Himself
George Herbert Professor
Charles Croker King Prof. Pillsbury
Edward J. Le Saint Judge
Robert McClung Country boy
Jack Murphy Usher
David Sharpe Messenger boy
Jack Stoney Policeman
Douglas Wood Prof. Dutton
George Offerman Freddy, Yale reporter
Charles Wilson Yale Coach
Thomas Kellard Actor

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
David Buttolph Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Conselman Screenwriter
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Kelly Original Story
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Sidney D. Mitchell Score Composer
Irene Morra Editor
Nat Perrin Original Story
Hans Peters Production Designer
Lew Pollack Score Composer
Bogart Rogers Associate Producer
Ad Schaumer Asst. Director
Arthur Sheekman Original Story
Harry Tugend Screenwriter
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Yellen Screenwriter
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pigskin Parade
1. Main Titles [1:22]
2. Which Texas? [2:56]
3. New Football Coach [4:45]
4. No Such Word [2:46]
5. David vs. Goliath [1:34]
6. You're Slightly Terrific [3:02]
7. Woo! Woo! [3:16]
8. Winning Strategy [3:59]
9. We'd Rather Be in College [3:12]
10. Biff Takes a Fall [4:23]
11. Now What? [1:04]
12. Bad News [2:11]
13. The Melon Patch [4:09]
14. Great Arm [2:33]
15. Down With Everything [3:29]
16. Star Player [2:50]
17. The Balboa [:27]
18. Caught in the Act [5:16]
19. The Texas Tornado [4:03]
20. It's Love I'm After [1:57]
21. The Big Game [1:02]
22. Half-Time Show [6:52]
23. Touchdown! [3:20]
24. Pigskin Parade [3:01]

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