Rose Bowl


1h 15m 1936

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 30, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel O'Reilly of Notre Dame by Francis Wallace (New York, 1931).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

In 1933, Bellport High School football hero Ossie Merrill graduates and heads West to Hollywood to join a collegiate team. Before his departure, he and Paddy O'Riley, a quarterback, vie for the affection of Cheers Reynolds, who, with her sister Susie, run a soda shop. Cheers only has eyes for Ossie, however, and when she offers Paddy a consolatory going-away kiss, he is offended and angrily leaves for Green Ridge College on the East coast. Three years later, Ossie returns to Bellport and receives a hero's welcome, but when Paddy arrives with his best friend, fullback August "Dutch" Schultz, there is no fanfare. Dutch is in love with actress Florence Taylor, who has stopped in Bellport on the same train as Ossie on her way to New York. Cheers is still uninterested in Paddy, even though Ossie neglected to write to her during his absence, and now stops in only for a short visit. Paddy returns to Green Ridge, without any hope of gaining Cheers's love. In an effort to help his friend, Dutch writes to Cheers, who responds by coming to one of their football games. Although the plan backfires and Paddy and Cheers end up fighting, Paddy tries to reciprocate the favor by reporting Dutch's love for Florence to a reporter who is hoping to gain nationwide recognition for the small college. The gossip campaign is started because Green Ridge has a chance to play in the New Year's Rose Bowl game, but is relatively unknown. Paddy's leak to the press infuriates Dutch and fuels further gossip involving Ossie and Cheers. Green Ridge is invited into the Rose Bowl and will be playing against Sierra's team, of which Ossie is a member. Because of a knee injury, Dutch is pulled from the game, as is his injured back-up. When Coach Soapy Moreland catches Cheers in Paddy's room, where they are making up, he uses this as an excuse to suspend Paddy from the game. Unknown to both Paddy and Cheers, Soapy plans to trick the Sierra team into complacency by pulling Paddy and then sending him in as a fullback. The plan works, but Cheers believes that Paddy has duped her. Green Ridge wins the Rose Bowl game, due to the efforts of Paddy and Dutch's last minute involvement in the game. Soapy explains to Cheers why he pulled Paddy, and after she returns Ossie's class ring to him, she interrupts Paddy's shower to tell him she is crazy about him.

Cast

Eleanore Whitney

Cheers Reynolds

William Frawley

Soapy Moreland

Tom Brown

Paddy O'Riley

Benny Baker

[August] Dutch Schultz

Larry Crabbe

Ossie Merrill

Nydia Westman

Susie Reynolds

Nick Lukats

Donovan

Priscilla Lawson

Florence Taylor

Adrian Morris

Doc

James Conlin

Browning Hills

Louis Mason

Thornton, chauffeur

Terry Ray

Mary Arnold

John Sheehan

Orville Jensen

Joe Ploski

Swenski

Hugh Mcarthur

Russell

Charles Judels

Mr. Schultz

Sid Saylor

Member of Rubber band

George Ovey

Member of Rubber band

Milburn Stone

Member of Rubber band

Henry Roquemore

Member of Rubber band

Jerry Fletcher

Member of Rubber band

Bodil Ann Rosing

Mrs. Schultz

Billy Lee

Little boy

Ray Wehba

Football player

Donald Mcneil

Football player

Gil Kuhn

Football player

Phil J. Duboski

Football player

Gene Hibbs

Football player

Joe Preininger

Football player

Charles Williams

Football player

Owen Hansen

Football player

Jim Henderson

Football player

Boyd Morgan

Football player

Nick Pappas

Football player

Angelo Peccianti

Football player

James Jones

Football player

Leavitt Thurlow Jr.

Football player

Miles Norton

Football player

Lyman H. Russell

Football player

Edward Shuey

Football player

Glen Galvin

Football player

David Newell

Football player

David Horsley

Football player

Lon Chaney Jr.

Football player

Tod Goodwin

Football player

Bert Moorhouse

Reporter

Earl Jamison

Reporter

Hal Price

Reporter

Arthur Rowlands

Reporter

Anthony Pawley

Reporter

Donald Kerr

Reporter

Buck Mack

Reporter

Pat O'malley

Photographer

Hooper Atchley

Photographer

Charles Sherlock

Photographer

Herbert Ashley

Pitt fan

Bernard Suss

Spectator

Thomas Pogue

Rooter

Edward Peil Sr.

Undergraduate

Gertrude Messinger

Girl

June Johnson

Girl

Joseph Sawyer

Announcer

Garry Owen

Announcer

Ray Hanford

Football fan

Jack Murphy

Player

Spec O'donnell

Underclassman

Paul Parry

Manager

Bud Flanagan

Jones

William Moore

Holt

Paul Kruger

Team manager

Harry Depp

King

William Jeffrey

Hay

Wheaton Chambers

Wallace

Antrim Short

Assistant director

Frances Morris

Assistant publicity woman

Richard Kipling

Barber

Charles Wilson

Burke

Carmen Dirigo

Hairdresser

Sonny Bupp

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 30, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel O'Reilly of Notre Dame by Francis Wallace (New York, 1931).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to the pressbook, scenes were filmed at various California locations, including the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Coliseum in Los Angeles, Bovard Field at USC, and the Riviera Polo Field. In addition, athletes from USC and the New York Giants appear in the film.