Touchdown (film)

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Touchdown is a 1931 American pre-Code football film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Richard Arlen, Peggy Shannon, Jack Oakie and Regis Toomey. Jim Thorpe and Herman Brix appear uncredited as unbilled football players.

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Directed byNorman Z. McLeod
Screenplay byGrover Jones
William Slavens McNutt
StarringRichard Arlen
Peggy Shannon
Jack Oakie
Regis Toomey
CinematographyArthur L. Todd
Music byJohn Leipold
Distributed byParamount Publix Corporation
Release date
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


Football coach Dan Curtis (Richard Arlen) has to decide how much he wants to win, when one of his players is injured, when he puts in him the game to play, while still recovering from a previous injury.[1]

Veteran coach "Pop" Stewart (J. Farrell MacDonald) warns him that winning at all costs isn't worth it; and, he could lose a lot more than a game, including the respect of his old friend Babe (Jack Oakie); his girl, Mary (Peggy Shannon); and, his player, Paul (Charles Starrett) could lose his life.[2]


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Herman Brix broke his shoulder during filming, Touchdown; and, was unable to play Tarzan, in MGM's screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's popular character, in the 1932 film, Tarzan the Ape Man. The injury prevented him from competing in the 1932 Olympics. At the time, he still held the world record for shot put. Swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller replaced him, as Tarzan, and became a major star.[3]


  1. ^ "Playing the Game (1931): Plot Summary". Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Touchdown! (1931) - Overview". Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Matinee Classics". Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2013.

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