It's Homecoming weekend at Midwestern University, the weekend which will culminate with the big game between Midwestern and Michigan. Homecoming marks the return for the first time in six years of alumnus All-American Joe Ferguson, whose world is all about football and especially his place in it. Mild-mannered English Professor Tommy Turner is able to handle the thought of Joe's return to campus as the ex-boyfriend of Tommy's wife of six years, Ellen Turner née Stanley, who is temperamentally more like Joe than him. Tommy knows that Ellen loves him, the reason he doesn't mind the thought of Joe. The weekend starts off well enough for Tommy in that he believes he is being promoted from associate to full professor, which if be the case would be much earlier than he or Ellen had expected. However, it comes to his attention that Michael Barnes, an idealistic student of his who is also the editor of the campus' literary magazine, has written an editorial for the upcoming edition of the ...
SHE turned a lamb into a lion!
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Did You Know?
This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 29 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Bloomington IN Thursday 10 January 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4), in Boise Friday 18 January 1957 on KBOI (Channel 2), in Chicago Saturday 26 January 1957 on WGN (Channel 9), in Los Angeles Sunday 3 February 1957 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Portland OR Saturday 8 February 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), and in Phoenix Tuesday 5 March 1957 on KOOL (Channel 10). See more
While the camera is zooming into Henry Fonda right before he is going to read the infamous letter, on the right of the screen, you can very plainly see the boom mike pole shadow edging across the screen. See more
Prof. Tommy Turner
[Reading Vanzetti's writing sample, at 1:35:40
If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. Never in our full life can we hope to do such work for tolerance, for justice, for man's understanding of man, as now we do by accident. Our words - our lives - our pains - nothing! The taking of our lives - lives of a good shoemaker and a poor fish peddler - all! ...
The Old Grey Mare
Played during the opening credits and later sung with modified lyrics as a football fight song See more