Two Minutes to Play (November 2, 1936)
Released on November 2, 1936: Football fathers hold grudges that may keep one of their sons from playing football in the biggest game of the season, and the blonde hired by an opposing team supporter may keep the other son out of the game.
Produced by Sam Katzman
Directed by Robert F. Hill
Written by William Buchanan
The Actors: Bruce Bennett (Martin Granville), Edward J. Nugent (Jack Gaines), Jeanne Martel (Pat Meredith), Betty Compson ('Fluff' Harding), Grady Sutton (Hank Durkee), Duncan Renaldo (Lew Ashley), David Sharpe (Buzzy Vincent), Sammy Cohen (Abie), Forrest Taylor (football coach Rodney), Richard Tucker (Lyman Gaines, Jack's father), Sam Flint (Martin Granville Sr.)Phil Dunham (Pericles Panopulous), Theodore Lorch (bartender Tim)
Are you Ready for Some Football?
Saturday afternoon college football is the surest sign that summer is over . . . even back in 1936 when this football saga takes place. The story is about two college boys going to the same college that their fathers attended. One of the fathers ran the wrong way for a touchdown and has been the laughingstock of the college ever since. His son is the best athlete of this 1936 season, but because of his father's folly and disgrace the son has agreed not to play football. This leads to that and the son of wrong-way Granville does become the star quarterback, and the night before the big game the son of the other fellow goes out with a scheming blonde and gets totally drunk, so the star quarterback goes to the nightclub and brings the drunk running back home and puts him to bed . . . and gets caught out of bed after curfew by the coach. For his good deed to save the running back, our star quarterback is banned from the biggest game of the year.
Now, the plot is a good one, and has been repeated many times over the years, but there is a sub-plot that I'd like to tell you about. A book written a few years earlier was sweeping the nation and Grady Sutton, playing the part of non-athletic student Hank Durkee, makes reference to the core belief in the book: The Law of Success in 16 Lessons, by Napoleon Hill (free pdf version 22mb). Napoleon Hill was a young newspaper reporter in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Andrew Carnegie was making the steel that would transform America from a land of wooden bridges and buildings into a nation built with steel, allowing the creation of the world's first 'sky-scrapers' and long but sturdy bridges. While interviewing Andrew Carnegie about his tips for success, Mr. Carnegie made a proposition to Napoleon Hill that changed his life. Andrew Carnegie suggested that Napoleon Hill visit and interview in depth all of the wealthy men in America and determine if there were common traits and beliefs that every wealthy person had. Did wealthy people know something that poor people did not know? Did wealthy people act in certain ways that poor people didn't know about? Napoleon Hill accepted the challenge and Andrew Carnegie introduced him to Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Woodrow Wilson, William Wrigley Jr., William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Marshall Field, F.W. Woolworth and many more. The result was 1,170 pages explaining the 16 things that all of the wealthy people he interviewed knew and practiced. The biggest takeaway from the book is that every wealthy person took great effort to control their mind . . . to control the mish-mash of thoughts that fly through the mind at random and replace them with controlled thoughts that would help them focus on their goals. One of the one-liners that resulted was, "What the mind of man can conceive, and believe, it can achieve" . . . or, "Thoughts become Things" or, "What you think about, you bring about" . . . This is the background for the non-athletic student who provides what is the comedy relief in the story. He 'concentrates' on what he wants . . . first, in the soda shop he concentrates on a chocolate malt . . . later he concentrates on a pair of tuxedo pants that he needs . . . then he wants a million dollars . . . and finally he concentrates on getting the girl . . . the prettiest girl on campus who both of the football jocks are competing for. Don't worry, you don't need to concentrate your thoughts on anything to enjoy this story, just pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Bruce Bennett and Edward J. Nugent
Doris Hill and Robert Middlemass
Bruce Bennett and Sam Flint
David Sharpe and Edward J. Nugent
Duncan Renaldo and Betty Compson
Duncan Renaldo and Theodore Lorch
Edward J. Nugent and Forrest Taylor
Edward J. Nugent and Jeanne Martel
Edward J. Nugent
Forrest Taylor and Bruce Bennett
Forrest Taylor, Bruce Bennett and Grady Sutton
Forrest Taylor and Bruce Bennett
Forrest Taylor and David Sharpe
Forrest Taylor and Edward J. Nugent
Forrest Taylor and Jeanne Martel
Jeanne Martel and Forrest Taylor
Jeanne Martel and Grady Sutton
Jeanne Martel dances with Bruce Bennett
Phil Dunham and Grady Sutton
Richard Tucker, Forrest Taylor and Sam Flint
Sammy Cohen and Forrest Taylor
Sammy Cohen and Grady Sutton