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Although the film's title appears onscreen as All American, most reviews list it as The All-American. While the opening credits identify cast members Herman Hickman, Frank Gifford, Tom Harmon, Jim Sears, Elmer Willhoite and Donn Moomaw as All American football players and include their college alma maters and the year in which they played, the closing credits list only their character names. Hickman, who plays the Sheridan coach, was also the coach of the Yale University football team in real life. Many other real-life athletes were cast in the film, including Olympic discus champion Fortune Gordien and Detroit Lion Jim Hardy. All American marked the directing debut of Jesse Hibbs, formerly an assistant director at Universal. According to an April 1953 Los Angeles Daily News article, some scenes were shot at the University of Southern California, including locations at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Bovard Field. The article also states that footage of the 1952 U.S.C. football team was included in the film. Although a March 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item adds Mario Da Rae to the cast, his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Mamie Van Doren made her feature film debut in All American, as did Frank Gifford. The film marked the first in which actor Greg Palmer changed his screen name. In all earlier films, he is billed as "Palmer Lee."