The Drop Kick (1927)

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    • The Drop Kick (1927)

      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

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    • Re: The Drop Kick (1927)

      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)



      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

      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.


      Richard plays a wealthy college age young man and campus football hero named Jack, who is best friend to the school's football coach named Brad. He also used to date Brad's wife Eunice (played vampishly by actress Dorothy Revier) before the two were married, and she still has her eye on Jack. Eunice spends so much money on herself that her husband's bills are mushrooming, so he steals money from the football team to pay them off. Meanwhile Jack's mother introduces Jack to the lovely Cecily, played by Barbara Kent. At first Jack is polite but uninterested, and takes her to a dance just because his mother (played by Hedda Hopper) asks him to. At the dance Cecily sees Eunice throwing herself at Jack, and Jack kisses her briefly on the dance floor. Crying, Cecily runs outside and Jack follows her. Jack reassures Cecily that she is the prettiest girl at the dance and he suddenly realizes he has fallen in love with her. Eunice is still after Jack, however, or rather, his money, and so the plot thickens as we see Eunice maneuver events to her own selfish purposes.

      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: The Drop Kick (1927)

      Hi Keith

      Screen capture of what I think is JW in Drop kick
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    • Re: The Drop Kick (1927)

      Elly wrote:

      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.
    • Re: The Drop Kick (1927)

      RoughRider wrote:

      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.
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    • Re: The Drop Kick (1927)

      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
    • Re: The Drop Kick (1927)

      firstrebel wrote:

      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

      vanc.igs.net/~roughley/john_wayne_dvd_filmography.html

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    • The Drop Kick (1927)

      JW is in a 4-second clip in this film. He's at far right.
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    • Re: The Drop Kick (1927)



      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