Idol Of The Crowds (1937)

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    • Idol Of The Crowds (1937)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Retired hockey player Johnny Hansen (John Wayne), in order to make money
      to enlarge his chicken farm, returns to the game and leads his team into the championship series.
      Just before the series starts, he is offered a bribe to throw the games but refuses.
      An attempt is made on his life which results in Bobby (Billy Barrud as Billy Barrud as usual),
      the team's mascot, being injured.
      Summary written by Les Adams

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... Johnny Hansen
      Sheila Bromley .... Helen Dale
      Charles Brokaw .... Jack Irwin
      Bill Burrud .... Bobby (as Billy Burrud)
      Jane Johns .... Peggy
      Huntley Gordon .... Harvey Castle
      Frank Otto .... Joe Garber
      Russell Hopton .... Kelly
      Hal Neiman .... Squat Bates
      Virginia Brissac .... Mrs. Dale
      George Lloyd .... Spike Regan
      Clem Bevans .... Andy Moore
      Wayne Castle .... Swifty
      Lloyd Ford .... Hank
      Lee Ford .... Elmer

      Writing Credits
      Harold Buckley
      George Waggner

      Harry Neumann



      Filming Locations
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Idol of the Crowds is a 1937 American drama film, directed by Arthur Lubin
      and starring John Wayne as an ice hockey player.

      This was Duke's 5th.. film of a 6 picture Universal deal,
      and it was not a happy time ,the films were mediocre,
      but things were about to change, because, just after
      Duke returned to Republic for The Three Mesquiteers
      and thereafter Stagecoach

      Athur Lubin, whose films with Abbot and Costello, saved Universal
      from going bankrupt, he was promoted to director of the epic
      Phantom of the Opera, which was a huge success.

      However, he wasn't quite so successful with the
      4 films he made with Duke.

      California Straight Ahead
      I Cover the War
      Idol of the Crowds
      Adventure's End

      The action films, were entertaining, but were cheaply made,
      and proved to be disappointing at the box office.

      This isn't a bad film, if a little contrived.Once again, Duke was perfecting his acting skills,
      and Sheila Bromley, wasn't too bad, as his love interest.
      However, better things, were around the corner.


      User Review
      Longfellow Deeds On Ice
      28 January 2008 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      Idol of the Crowds casts John Wayne as a young chicken farmer from Maine who comes from a small town that looks suspiciously like Mandrake Falls where Gary Cooper as Longfellow Deeds hailed from. I've no doubt that George Waggner who wrote the story and screenplay and later directed the Duke in The Fighting Kentuckian and a personal favorite of mine, Operation Pacific was very much influenced by Mr. Deeds Goes to Town when he did this B film for Wayne and Universal.

      This film was one of a series of six that Wayne did for Universal from 1936-1937 where he was trying to expand his image from simply being a B picture cowboy. Those films are rarely seen today, one of them Adventure's End, is considered lost.

      Though I think that some of them were a cut above the B films Wayne was doing for Lone Star Productions at the time, this isn't one of them. The Duke really doesn't cut it as a hockey player, he was so much better as a football player in College Coach, a football coach in Trouble Along the Way or a boxer in The Quiet Man. Then again he's positively graceful on skates next to James Stewart in Ice Follies of 1939.

      Wayne who just wants to have the biggest and best chicken farm in the state of Maine, signs with a professional hockey team to make enough money to do just that. Younger brother Billy Burrud goes along with him to the big city and becomes the team mascot.

      Of course Duke runs afoul of gamblers who offer him big money to throw the championship series. And there's the romance with Sheila Bromley which plays a lot like Jean Arthur and Gary Cooper.

      But if you're dealing with either John Wayne or Gary Cooper you know very well how things will work out.

      Could it be that John and Sheila did get married and eventually raise three strapping misfit Hanson sons who went on to play hockey for the Charlestown Chiefs and Paul Newman?
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Keith,

      Do you have a pretty good collection of these older, rare films? It seems by your comments that you have seen many of them.

      In searching for this title on Amazon, one of the sponsored links was Bygone Video. They do have many fairly rare titles, but there is a price attached :D . For example, Idol of the Crowds is available on VHS for $30 and on DVD for $40 :o !

      I don't know that I want to see it that badly . . . :blink: .

      Chester :newyear:
    • Hi Jim and Sue,
      Yes I do have most of the early ones, except ones that have got
      lost forever!!
      You will notice, if I don't have a copy of the film, I will add a note, at the end of the review, asking if anyone, has seen or got it!!!
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Idol Of The Crowds (1937)

      The poster here is the same one that Keith has in his introductory post. I have also posted pics of two lobby cards from this same film.