The All American (film)

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The All American is a 1932 American pre-Code sports drama film directed by Russell Mack and written by Ferdinand Reyher and Frank Wead. The film stars Richard Arlen, Andy Devine and Gloria Stuart. It was given its premiere in Los Angeles on October 7, 1932, by Universal Pictures.[2][4] Many noted real-life football players and a coach appeared uncredited in the film.[5]

The All American
Directed byRussell Mack
Screenplay byFerdinand Reyher
Frank Wead
Story byRichard Schayer
Dale Van Every
Produced byE. M. Asher
StarringRichard Arlen
Andy Devine
Gloria Stuart
CinematographyGeorge Robinson
Edited byRobert Carlisle
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 7, 1932 (1932-10-07) (Los Angeles[1][2])
Running time
73 or 78 minutes[1][2] or 79 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States


College football hero Gary King's life changes for the worse when the allure of money results in a business arrangement with untrustworthy Willie Walsh and a romance with heiress Gloria Neuchard, changing all his previous plans.

Gary spurns sweetheart Ellen Steffens and puts off a promise to best friend Steve Kelly to launch a construction business together. His lavish spending on Gloria and gambling habit result in Gary falling deeply in debt.

In the meantime, Gary's younger brother Bob has become an All-American football star. Bob is married to Betty Poe and all is well until wealthy Gloria and scheming Willie turn up again. When a football game is scheduled between Bob's school and a team of older All-Stars, an opportunity arises for Gary to play against his brother and teach him not to make the same mistakes he did.




The New York Times critic gave it a mixed review, writing, "As a dramatic entertainment, it is not quite so satisfactory. ... The scenarists in 'The All American' are too strenuous in their zeal to show the perils of national publicity for the young collegiates who have a battle to fight with life when they leave college."[5] The reviewer did praise the "outstanding performance" of Gleason and noted that "Mr. Arlen is earnest and attractive in the principal rôle."[5]


  1. ^ a b The All American at the TCM Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c "The All American". Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  3. ^ The All American at IMDb
  4. ^ "The All American (1932)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c A.D.S. (October 22, 1932). "A Football Drama". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2016.

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