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Huddle (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 14 May 1932 (USA)
Tony, the son of Italian immigrants, works in a smoky steel mill in Gary, Indiana. He wins a company scholarship which will enable him to attend Yale college. Over the four years of his ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Francis Wallace (based upon the story by), Walton Hall Smith (dialogue continuity) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Tony Amatto
Madge Evans ... Rosalie Stone
Una Merkel ... Thelma
Ralph Graves ... Coach Malcolm Gale
John Arledge ... Jim 'Pidge' Pidgeon
Frank Albertson ... Larry Wilson
Kane Richmond ... Tom Stone
Martha Sleeper ... Barbara Winston
Henry Armetta ... Mr. Amatto
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Amatto
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Mr. Stone (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
Joe Sawyer ... Slater (as Joe Sauers)
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Storyline

Tony, the son of Italian immigrants, works in a smoky steel mill in Gary, Indiana. He wins a company scholarship which will enable him to attend Yale college. Over the four years of his college career he learns about football, love, and class prejudice. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A cuddling, huddling romance of Yale! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 15 June 1932)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asrî talebe See more »

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Budget:

$514,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was unsuccessful at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $28,000 ($490,000 in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

At about 12 minutes into the film during a brief shot of Tony walking with two other men at Yale, a clear shadow of the boom microphone falls across all three. See more »

Soundtracks

Boola Boola
(1900) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Allan M. Hirsch
Adapted from "La Hoola Boola" (1898) (uncredited)
Written by Bob Cole and Billy Johnson
Played during the opening credits
Whistled by Joe Sawyer
Played and sung by a marching band
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Worthy subject seriously undermined by extreme length.
30 June 2001 | by David-240See all my reviews

There is no doubt that there is a potentially great film hiding in HUDDLE, but sadly it gets lost somewhere. The movie is a serious attempt to look at the consequences of the class system in a supposedly egalitarian America. RAMON NOVARRO is excellent as the poor son of Italian immigrants struggling to be accepted as a student at Yale. He comes up against the class system at every turn, including his love-life, and he feels he must constantly prove himself to be accepted by his peers. This results in him putting himself in great physical danger in a very well-acted climactic sequence. Novarro was truly a fabulous actor, much under-rated.

But the film goes on way too long, and loses its focus. In attempting to include lots of college hi-jinks and comedy sequences, the theme gets lost, and much of the film plays poorly in comparison with the great 1926 silent film BROWN OF HARVARD, which covers similar territory. It's all a bit of a shame given that all the players are terrific and the theme quite radical for its day. For a 1932 film too the sound-recording is quite bad, with the annoying song sequences badly out of sync (did Yale students really sing that much!?).

But there are some rather risque sequences, a touch of gay sub-text (involving Ramon's room-mate, played very well indeed by JOHN ARLEDGE - again BROWN OF HARVARD handles this situation much better), lots of male and female youthful beauty to admire (Ramon looks great, and KANE RICHMOND must be one of the best looking men ever filmed), and sufficient action to see you through to the end. If only the script editor, and then the film editor, had been a little more vigilant, this may have turned out to be a really great film. Who was it who said "every film is a missed opportunity"?


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