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King of Hockey (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 19 December 1936 (USA)
Gamblers try to pressure a hockey player into throwing a game.


Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)


George Bricker




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Purcell ... Gabby Dugan
Anne Nagel ... Kathleen O'Rourke
Marie Wilson ... Elsie
Wayne Morris ... Bill 'Jumbo' Mullins
George E. Stone ... Nick Torga
Joseph Crehan ... Mike Trotter
Ann Gillis ... Peggy 'Princess' O'Rourke (as Ann Gilles)
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Dr. Vernon Noble
Dora Clement ... Mrs. O'Rourke
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Mr. O'Rourke
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Jitters McCarthy, the Referee
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... Torchy Myers
George Beranger ... Evans, Kathleen's Chauffeur (as Andre Beranger)
Frank Faylen ... Swede, Nick's Associate
Frank Bruno Frank Bruno ... Loogan, Nick's Associate


Gamblers try to pressure a hockey player into throwing a game.

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Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

19 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Ice Rink See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film makes quite a few references to the "original six" NHL teams active during this time. The Violets are based on the New York Rangers, their jersey's are similar and play at Madison Square Garden. In the film they play against teams known as the "Leafs" (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Shamrocks (the original name of the Chicago Blackhawks). The jersey worn by the "leafs" in the film is similar to that of the Montreal Canadiens.The team also mentions playing in Boston at one point in the film. See more »


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Goalie Krowns King, Blinding Him Before Big Match
11 April 2005 | by animal_8_5See all my reviews

Dave Hodge, host of Hockey Night In Canada introduced King Of Hockey in serialized fashion during intermissions back in the 1970s. Many of we Canadian kids who watched never forgot. Synopsis: A hotshot ice hockey player named Gabby Dugan gets involved with the wrong crowd and his goaltender friend thinks our hero has sold out to the mob.

A scuffle breaks out and the goalie bops our hero over the melon with the modified cricket bat we hockey fans call a "goalstick." Everyone knows that high-scoring forwards and stingy goalies are always at odds and alternately admire and despise one another. This story seems to bank on that conflict.

The final game comes and Gabby has to play. Is he up to the task without vision? Does a team with the audacity to call themselves "The Violets" deserve any chance at the hallowed Stanley Cup?

This movie no doubt inspired many big Hollywood movies in years to come, including probably the 2003 flick, "Daredevil."

It should be distributed on DVD. If not, we may as well all be Gabby Dugans, because we'll probably never see this beauty again. I'll have to join Dave Hodge and toss my pen away in disgust and that wouldn't be pretty.

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