The Drop Kick (1927)

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  • THE DROP KICK


    Also Known As: Glitter (UK)


    DIRECTED BY MILLARD WEBB
    FIRST NATIONAL PICTURES/WARNER BROS


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    Information from IMDb


    Plot Summary
    College football player Jack Hamill finds his reputation on the line
    when he pays an innocent visit to a woman whose husband kills himself.

    Full Cast
    Richard Barthelmess
    Jack Hamill
    Barbara Kent
    Cecily Graves
    Dorothy Revier
    Mrs. Eunice Hathaway
    Eugene Strong
    Brad Hathaway
    Alberta Vaughn...Molly
    James Bradbury Jr. ...Bones (as James Bradbury)
    Brooks Benedict
    Ed Pemberton
    Hedda Hopper
    Mrs. Hamill
    Mayme Kelso Mayme Kelso ...Mrs. Graves
    George C. Pearce ...The Dean
    Bill Elliott ...Aggressive Student at Dance (uncredited)
    Al Hill... Jack's Buddy at Dance (uncredited)
    John Wayne...Football Player / Extra in Stands (uncredited)

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 17 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The Drop Kick (also known as Glitter in the UK) was a 1927 silent film
    directed by Millard Webb written by Katherine Brush
    about a college football player (Richard Barthelmess)
    who finds his reputation on the line when he pays an innocent visit
    to a woman whose husband kills himself.
    It was one of the early films of John Wayne who was only aged 20 in the film.
    He too played a college footballer.


    In this silent film, Richard Barthelmess was the star.
    This movie also had a football setting.


    Richard Barthelmess, star of The Drop Kick (1927),
    was a very popular leading man in the late 1910s and throughout the 1920s.
    However, he seems a little mature at age 32 to be playing a college student
    in this tawdry example of a popular subgenre of the 1920s, the college picture.


    Young Duke Morrison was really on the swing gang
    of glorified furniture removers,
    when he was selected as one of 10 college players,
    during a nationwide film test.


    Richard Barthelmess, was also in Central Airport,
    which Duke appeared in,
    but is better known to us, as Bronco Kid Farrow
    in The Spoilers


    This film co-starred Alberta Vaughan
    who later was to star with Duke,
    as Sandy Rogers, in the Lone Star Western
    Randy Rides Alone


    User Review
    The 20 Year Old John Wayne
    2 September 2003 | by Single-Black-Male (London, England)

    Quote

    All of these early silent films that John Wayne appeared in equipped him
    with the stamina and skills that he would apply in his later films.
    In this film, he trained as an American football player which put him
    in good stead as a coach in 'Trouble Along the Way' 24 years later.


    Handsome Richard Barthelmess as football hero
    31 January 2004 | by overseer-3 (Florida) – See all my reviews


    Quote

    If you like movies about football then you might give this silent film a try, though most of the football scenes are near the end of the film. The plot of The Drop Kick is predictable but any film with the wonderful actor Richard Barthelmess in it is worth watching.

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

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  • Hi Keith

    Screen capture of what I think is JW in Drop kick



    Hello, Elly

    That isn't John Wayne.

    Wayne is visible in another grandstand scene which is shown only once in the entire film. If you blink you might miss it. The sequence lasts for about 4.5 seconds.

    In the 'uncredited' section (near the bottom) of my online filmography you'll find an animated graphic showing Wayne's sequence.



  • RR Thank you so much my old eyes are not what they used to be which is why I said I think it was JW. Obvious now that it is pointed out to me of course LOL

    Here is the capture as you have it on your website.

  • Just got two more of the DeAgostini Classic John Wayne Collection DVD's and issue 91 is The Drop Kick. Never seen it before. The book that comes with it about the film mentions that Duke is one of the players, but can't be recognised and is also in the the crowd scene around the 60-minute mark just before and after TAKE HIM OUT appears on the screen.

    Bob

  • Just got two more of the DeAgostini Classic John Wayne Collection DVD's and issue 91 is The Drop Kick. Never seen it before. The book that comes with it about the film mentions that Duke is one of the players, but can't be recognised and is also in the the crowd scene around the 60-minute mark just before and after TAKE HIM OUT appears on the screen.

    Bob



    Thanks Bob

    RoughRider now has a short clip of the sequences you quoted on his website

    http://www.vanc.igs.net/~rough…ayne_dvd_filmography.html

    Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind


  • I. “Drop kick, the (First National 1927)… Duke and Pexy were grandstand extras in this football picture, neither received billing”


    II. “Wayne was one of ten college football players (from Stanford, USC and UCLA), selected to appear as stand-ins and extras in the grandstands . . .”


    III. “Duke and other members of the USC football team were hired for drop kick.”


    IV. “There is evidence to suggest the tireless young professional worked at other studios while being employed at Fox. We know of his appearance in “THE DROP KICK,” a Richard Barthelmess college picture in which young Wayne is clearly visible as a spectator in the crowd at the big Shoreham-Central game. When the hero misses a critical kick, Wayne can be seen hooting and giving cat calls.” Vol VI, No 1, June 1989


    With thanks to Elly
    John Wayne Before Stagecoach

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England