Pigskin Parade (1936)


“We haven’t got a chance! We haven’t got a chance!” – Slug Winters

“You haven’t got a brain either.” – Bessie Winters

“I haven’t got a brain… What are you doing here?” – Slug Winters

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A married couple who coach a college football team must work together to help the team win a game against Yale University.

My Take on it – This is another film that I knew absolutely nothing about before watching it besides the fact that one of it’s actors was nominated for an Oscar for his work here.

This was a film that was quite torturous to get through and wasn’t enjoyable in any way what so ever.

The biggest problem is that they seem confused as to what kind of film they want this to be because they at various points attempt to make this a comedy, a musical, a sports film and even a drama and at other times it isn’t clear at all.

This makes the film even more of a mess and very chaotic.

None of the characters are very memorable and even Stuart Erwin who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the very first year that that category was given seems too stereotypical which makes it even more surprising that he was even nominated for this performance.

The most interesting and memorable part of this horrendous film is the spinning football logo that is used in the opening and closing credits.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that isn’t enjoyable in the least. The story doesn’t know whether it wants to be a comedy, a musical, a sport film or something else and that helps make it a complete mess. The characters aren’t memorable and even Erwin who was nominated in the inaugural year of the category of Best Supporting Oscar doesn’t manage to do enough with the character. The logo of the spinning football at the beginning and the end is the most interesting and memorable part of this terrible film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the 2007 Twentieth Century-Fox release of the DVD, the film was plagued with accidents during on-location filming in the Los Angeles area. A misfired gun loaded with blanks sent one USC student actor to the hospital with eye burns when the gun accidentally fired into the crowd, also injuring three other students. Other accidents involving USC students took place during the football rally scene. Two of the band members sprained their ankles in the fast-paced marching scene while another student sprained his neck vertebra while putting on his brass horn. One accident that involved several cast members was a fire on the set while filming at a railroad station in Chatsworth. Harry Brand, Fox’s Publicity Director, issued a press release saying, “Those in Twentieth Century-Fox’s musical cast who helped extinguish the blaze by forming an old-fashioned bucket brigade included Stuart Erwin, Johnny Downs, Arline Judge, Betty Grable, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, plus several other supporting actors . . . luckily no one was hurt.”‘  (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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