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That's My Boy (1932)

Tommy Scott goes to a Connecticut college to become a doctor, but is soon discovered to be a prodigious football talent. He becomes a national star and falls in love, but fame and ill-advised financial deals threaten to ruin his future.


Roy William Neill


Norman Krasna (screenplay), Francis Wallace (novel)


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Cromwell ... Thomas Jefferson 'Tommy' Scott
Dorothy Jordan ... Dorothy Rogers
Mae Marsh ... Mom Scott
Arthur Stone ... Pop Scott
Douglass Dumbrille ... Coach 'Daisy' Adams
Lucien Littlefield ... Uncle Louie
Leon Ames ... Al Williams (as Leon Waycoff)
Russell Saunders Russell Saunders ... Pinkie
Sumner Getchell ... Carl
Otis Harlan ... Mayor of Athens
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Hap
Elbridge Anderson Elbridge Anderson ... 1st Student
Crilly Butler Crilly Butler ... 2nd Student
Douglas Haig Douglas Haig ... Tommy - as a Young Boy


Thomas Jefferson "Snakehips" Scott is the sensation of the freshman football squad at Bedford University. After a sensational sophomore season, varsity coach "Daisy" Adams gets him a summer "job" in the Maine woods as a bond salesman. The coach sends him there for conditioning purposes only, but Tommy is pleased with the $6,000 he gets for selling bonds he never even sees. Nice work if you can get it, in a situation that never seems to go out of style. Tommy, figuring that there is more where this came from, tells a graduate manager he will quit the team unless they pay him $50,000. The manager arranges with a broker to start an investment fund named after Thomas Jefferson Smith, the receipts from which will net Tommy his demanded amount. Thousands of shares are sold, but the broker gambles away the funds and commits suicide when legal authorities close in. The district attorney questions Tommy. The father of Tommy's college love offers Tommy $50,000 as a moral test if he will break ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance | Sport







Release Date:

13 November 1932 (USA) See more »

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Det er min dreng See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many of the uncredited football players are from the 1931 college football championship team of the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. See more »


At no point during any of the many games played does Tommy (Richard Cromwell) ever wear a football helmet. However, helmets were not mandatory in college football until 1939. See more »


Mom Scott: That's the greatest thing in the world, Tommy - greater than money or anything: For people to love you, and have faith in you.
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Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here
Music by Theodore Morse and Arthur Sullivan
Played by the marching band
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"$350,000 in tickets, and all cash!"
14 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Richard Cromwell goes to college to get a lot of knowledge and become a doctor. When it turns out he's a great broken-field runner, football coach Douglass Dumbrille grooms him as next season's secret weapon. When he is unleashed, Cromwell is terrific, and gains national fame. Along the way he falls innocently in love with Dorothy Jordan, is schooled in the economics of college football by Leon Ames, and the unprofitable fleetness of fame by Ward Bond. There's also John Wayne as the entire Harvard football team, stunt casting of the 1931 USC Trojans -- they had won the championship that year -- plus Mae Marsh as Cromwell's mother and and an Robert Warwick as Miss Jordan's father, just to hammer the points home.

The copy of the movie I looked at last night on TCM was not in prime condition. That's a pity for any movie shot by Joseph August. Yet I could still see the appearance of the "Hero Portrait" lighting and shooting angle, not on the football field, but elsewhere, emphasizing the point that hero worship is a pose.

This movie takes a hard and cynical look at the big business of college football, and doesn't pull its punches, even as director Roy William Neill makes sure that all the plot points of juvenile romance, and thrills of college football are covered. In an era when college movies were about fun, games, and sexy co-eds, this dark example stands out from the crowd.

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