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Saturday's Heroes (1937)

A college football star struggles to return integrity to the game.


Edward Killy


Paul Yawitz (screen play), Charles Kaufman (screen play) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Val Webster
Marian Marsh ... Frances Thomas
Richard Lane ... Red Watson
Alan Bruce ... Burgeson
Minor Watson ... Doc Thomas
Frank Jenks ... Dubrowsky
Willie Best ... Sam
Walter Miller ... Coach Banks
Crawford Weaver ... Baker
George Irving ... President Hammond
John Arledge ... Ted Calkins
Dick Hogan ... Freshman
Al St. John ... Andy Jones (as Al St.John)
Charles Trowbridge ... President Horace C. Mitchell


A college football star struggles to return integrity to the game.

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Release Date:

8 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heróis do Futebol See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Altoona Friday 15 June 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10); it soon became a popular local favorite and first aired in Philadelphia Thursday 12 July 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6) , in Detroit Monday 10 September 1956 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Memphis Saturday 15 September 1956 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in San Francisco Wednesday 10 October 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in New York City Tuesday 16 October 1956 on WOR (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Sunday 12 November 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9), in Pittsburgh Tuesday 27 November 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2), in both New Haven and in Miami Saturday 8 December 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8) and on WITV (Channel 17), and in Cincinnati Friday 28 December 1956 on WLW-T (Channel 5). See more »


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Early Van Heflin
1 February 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Saturday's Heroes" is a 1937 programmer starring a very young Van Heflin as a college football hero. And what better time for TCM to show this film than on Super Bowl weekend? As others more knowledgeable than me have pointed out, the issues raised in the film exist today: college football is big business and filled with inequities for the players. In this film, Heflin and some other players scalp tickets so that they can make some money. They have scholarships, and the Heflin character complains that because of a heavy training schedule, they're not even getting the promised education.

These programmers were used to groom future stars, and Heflin here is as excellent as he is in movies like "Johnny Eager." He was not a standard hunky leading man, though he was attractive and could handle romantic leads such as in "Possessed" as well as character roles. We lost him too soon.

Interesting for early Heflin and for the timeliness of the film.

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