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Father Was a Fullback (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Sport | 12 May 1950 (Australia)
Football coach George Cooper has as many problems managing his football team as he has at home dealing with his daughters, Ellen and Connie.

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John M. Stahl

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Clifford Goldsmith (story), Aleen Leslie (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Fred MacMurray ... George Cooper
Maureen O'Hara ... Elizabeth Cooper
Betty Lynn ... Connie Cooper
Rudy Vallee ... Mr. Jessup
Thelma Ritter ... Geraldine
Natalie Wood ... Ellen Cooper
Jim Backus ... Professor Sullivan (as James G. Backus)
Richard Tyler Richard Tyler ... Joe Birch
Buddy Martin Buddy Martin ... Cheerleader
Frank Mills ... Assistant Football Coach
Mickey McCardle Mickey McCardle ... Jones
John McKee John McKee ... Cy
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Jones
Ruth Clifford ... Neighbor
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Coach George Copper's college football team is losing game after game, much to the dismay of stiff-and-stuffy but influential alumni Roger Jessup, and also having trouble at home with his oldest daughter, Connie. The team keeps losing and Coach Cooper is about to lose his job as his efforts to win the last game of the season, against the team's Big Rival, end in disaster. But, unknown to he and his wife, Elizabeth, Connie has sold an article, called "I Was a Bubble Dancer" to a 'True-Confession" magazine, and the girl-who-couldn't-get-a-date becomes suddenly popular and, because of her, the high-school football star from another town decides to play his college-ball for Coach Cooper. Jessup is forced to keep Cooper on as the school's football coach. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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I wanted to live DANGEROUSLY so I married a football coach (who lost every game)

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Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Father Was a Fullback See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 20, 1950 with Maureen O'Hara, Betty Lynn and Jim Backus reprising their film roles. See more »

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Mr. Jessup: The only trouble with the play is that it takes seven passes. They're only little passes, but there's seven of them.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

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Mild comedy look at the culture of the day
9 December 2019 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Father Was a Fullback" is loaded with talented actors of the mid-20th century. The story is a good look at the culture of the time from a few points. Teenagers began to be more heard and families seemed to be conflicted over the changing relationships that emerged in the years after the war (WW II). College football had a completely different look from the sideline benches, with the alumni, and in other ways.

This isn't about anything heavy or startling, and modern audiences may not find it that interesting. Even for someone who lived - that long ago, the plot of this film is just so-so. The best thing about it is the cast. Fred MacMurray and Maureen O'Hara, as George and Elizabeth Cooper, were stars who would continue in that lofty realm for at least two more decades. But this film also has some supporting players who would become household names in the years ahead. Among these are Thelma Ritter as Geraldine and Jim Backus as "Sully" (Professor Sullivan). And, this is just the 11th film of 11-year-old Natalie Wood. She would be one of the few child stars to become a major star as an adult before her mysterious ocean drowning in 1981 at age 43.

There may have been a clever thought behind the title, but it escapes one today. Cooper is a college football coach who's in dire need of a fullback. The film may seem very slow to many. But, for those interested in what life was like back then, it should provide mild entertainment.


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