Idol of the Crowds

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Idol of the Crowds
Idol of the Crowds FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Produced by Trem Carr
Paul Malvern
Screenplay by George Waggner
Harold Buckley
Story by George Waggner
(as Hell on Ice)
Starring John Wayne
Cinematography Harry Neumann
Edited by Charles Craft
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • September 30, 1937 (1937-09-30)
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


The New York Panthers ice hockey team is struggling in the standings. A scouting team headed by Kelly (Hopton) heads to Maine where they've heard of a promising former amateur player. He turns out to be John Hanson (Wayne), now a chicken farmer.

Hanson does not wish to return to the game, but when he learns how much money he can make, he agrees solely so he can make enough to upgrade his farm. His skills make him an instant sensation, but as the team heads toward the championship series, he runs afoul of crooked gamblers and the beautiful woman (Bromley) they tempt him with.


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