The Forward Pass (1929)

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    • The Forward Pass (1929)




      Plot Summary
      This college musical chronicles the travails of a college football star
      who wants to quit playing.
      To stop him, the conniving coach enlists the aid of a flirtatious co-ed
      who tries to use her many charms to coerce the lad into staying on the team.
      She succeeds and the boy falls deeply in love with her.
      When she realizes that he is serious, she stops seeing her latest beau,
      and the professes her love to the football player.
      This inspires him to go on and win the big game.
      Songs include: "One Minute Of Heaven," "I Gotta Have You," "Hello Baby," "Huddlin'."
      ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

      Information From IMDb

      Full Cast
      Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Marty Reid
      Loretta Young ... Patricia Carlyle
      Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Honey Smith (as Guinn Williams)
      Marion Byron ... Mazie
      Phyllis Crane ... Dot
      Bert Rome ... Coach Wilson
      Lane Chandler ... Assistant Coach Kane
      Allan Lane ... Ed Kirby
      Floyd Shackelford ... Trainer
      Duke Morrison ... Extra (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Harvey Gates story
      Howard Emmett Rogers screenplay
      Howard Emmett Rogers titles

      Arthur L. Todd (as Arthur Todd)

      This film is believed lost. Please check your attic.

      The sound disks for this Film, which was released in both silent and sound versions,
      survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives.

      In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures
      and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made
      under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued
      to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time
      "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used.

      Vitaphone production reels #3590-3597

      Filming Locations

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: The Forward Pass (1929)

      The Forward Pass, also known as To match tis doxis in Greece,
      is a 1929 black-and-white American football musical film directed by Edward F. Cline,
      starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Loretta Young.
      John Wayne was an uncredited extra in the film.
      The film is believed to be lost.

      Forward Pass, is considered to be lost
      This is a Douglas Fairbank,Jr. movie, co-starring Loretta Young,
      one of 6 pictures that cast them together.

      It's worth noting,that this the last of the early movies,
      in which Duke was just an extra playing a footballer,
      he must have made an impression on the two stars.

      Later Duke was to start dating Loretta's older sister at the time,
      and as a favour Loretta, lobbied WB, to help Duke get the part in

      The Life Of Jimmy Dolan

      User Review
      Manly Performance
      5 February 2004 | by Single-Black-Male (London, England)

      This box-office flop did nothing whatsoever to stir audiences.
      The 22 year old John Wayne appears pleasantly natural, although still quite rustic
      as a result of rejecting tutoring from Broadway veterans.
      His personality outweighs his experience as an actor.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: The Forward Pass (1929)

      chester7777 wrote:

      Kieth, or Ellie,
      Of all these Early movies Duke was in, how many are available to one who would want to get them? And where might they look?


      Shame on you JIM!!

      other than those on the rare and Lost list they are all available. Send me a pm for further details
      Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind
    • Re: The Forward Pass (1929)

      Hi Keith

      Its great to see you posting reviews of these earlier films. I will post screen captures when i can to add to your review but as in this case I do not always have them. But here is the poster for The Forward Pass.
      Be who you are & say what you feel Because those who mind dont matter & those who matter dont mind
    • Re: The Forward Pass (1929)

      I. “Wayne was briefly in this film as an extra since he was a friend of co-star Loretta Young and locations were shot at USC with their football team.”

      II. American Film Institute lists cast “Douglas Fairbanks Jr (Marty Reid), Loretta Young (Patricia Carlyle), University of Southern California football team. Directed by Eddie Cline” 8

      III. No print has been viewed by the American Film Institute. 8

      IV. “Douglas Fairbanks Jr. stated: “I did make one picture (for Warner’s First National Pictures) that, though not very good, may be of some interest to movie buffs. It was called “THE FORWARD PASS” (First National 1929) and it was a football story, with myself as the quarterback hero and Loretta Young as the heroine… We happened to hire the whole USC football team to be the “school team” in “THE FORWARD PASS.” … Two of the fellows on the team were friends of mine, one a quarterback, Marshal Duffield, and the other a huge guard named Marion Michael “Duke” Morrison. Three years later I got Morrison a job in another picture of mine called “THE LIFE OF JIMMY DOLAN.” Volume VI, No 1, June 1989

      V. Soundtrack only in UCLA

      With thanks to Elly
      John Wayne Before Stagecoach
      Best Wishes
      London- England