The All American (film)

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The All American
Directed by Russell Mack
Produced by E. M. Asher
Screenplay by Ferdinand Reyher
Frank Wead
Story by Richard Schayer
Dale Van Every
Starring Richard Arlen
Andy Devine
Gloria Stuart
Cinematography George Robinson
Edited by Robert Carlisle
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • October 7, 1932 (1932-10-07) (Los Angeles[1][2])
Running time
73 or 78 minutes[1][2] or 79 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English

The All American is a 1932 American sports drama film directed by Russell Mack and written by Ferdinand Reyher and Frank Wead. The film stars Richard Arlen, Andy Devine and Gloria Stuart. It was given its premiere in Los Angeles on October 7, 1932, by Universal Pictures.[2][4] Many noted real-life football players and a coach appeared uncredited in the film.[5]


College football hero Gary King's life changes for the worse when the allure of money results in a business arrangement with untrustworthy Willie Walsh and a romance with heiress Gloria Neuchard, changing all his previous plans.

Gary spurns sweetheart Ellen Steffens and puts off a promise to best friend Steve Kelly to launch a construction business together. His lavish spending on Gloria and gambling habit result in Gary falling deeply in debt.

In the meantime, Gary's younger brother Bob has become an All-American football star. Bob is married to Betty Poe and all is well until wealthy Gloria and scheming Willie turn up again. When a football game is scheduled between Bob's school and a team of older All-Stars, an opportunity arises for Gary to play against his brother and teach him not to make the same mistakes he did.




The New York Times critic gave it a mixed review, writing, "As a dramatic entertainment, it is not quite so satisfactory. ... The scenarists in 'The All American' are too strenuous in their zeal to show the perils of national publicity for the young collegiates who have a battle to fight with life when they leave college."[5] The reviewer did praise the "outstanding performance" of Gleason and noted that "Mr. Arlen is earnest and attractive in the principal rôle."[5]


  1. ^ a b The All American at the TCM Movie Database
  2. ^ a b c "The All American". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  3. ^ The All American on IMDb
  4. ^ "The All American (1932)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  5. ^ a b c A.D.S. (October 22, 1932). "A Football Drama". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 

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