Posts from ethanedwards in thread „Idol Of The Crowds (1937)“

    I was looking at the early parts of John Wayne's filmography, and I found it really interesting that he was in a hockey movie. Of course, that movie has never had an official release, but there are a few sellers on ebay claiming that it's in the public domain. I'm tempted to buy it, but I feel like actually spending money for it (I get most of my old movies from the library) will put too much pressure on it to be something more than an amusing curiosity.

    To anyone who has seen Idol of the Crowds, if I'm interested in the movie because I think the idea of John Wayne being in a hockey movie is amusing, is it worth buying to satisfy my curiosity? I'm also kinda curious about old-school hockey (like, before they wore helmets) in general. Is there much actual gameplay to speak of, or is it all just character drama off the rink?

    Yes, I've seen it, but can't remember much of it now.

    If you are an avid collector of very old Duke movies of course it's a must,
    but remember, they were pretty ropey with Duke featuring lightly in mostly contrived movies

    Idol Of The Crowds (1937)

    By the way WELCOME
    I have also welcomed you in our Welcome thread

    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!!!

    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.


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    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