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King of Hockey (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Sport | 19 December 1936 (USA)
Gamblers try to pressure a hockey player into throwing a game.

Director:

Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)

Writer:

George Bricker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Purcell ... Gabby Dugan
Anne Nagel ... Kathleen O'Rourke
Marie Wilson ... Elsie
Wayne Morris ... Bill 'Jumbo' Mullins
George E. Stone ... Nick Torga
Joseph Crehan ... Mike Trotter
Ann Gillis ... Peggy 'Princess' O'Rourke (as Ann Gilles)
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Dr. Vernon Noble
Dora Clement ... Mrs. O'Rourke
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Mr. O'Rourke
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Jitters McCarthy, the Referee
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... Torchy Myers
George Beranger ... Evans, Kathleen's Chauffeur (as Andre Beranger)
Frank Faylen ... Swede, Nick's Associate
Frank Bruno Frank Bruno ... Loogan, Nick's Associate
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Gamblers try to pressure a hockey player into throwing a game.

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Genres:

Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Ice Rink See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hockey players from the University of Southern California and Loyola University were used in the movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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It's no substitute for the NHL
3 July 2005 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Gabby Dugan gets a wing position with the Violets, the current Tri State champs, and instantly becomes the star of the league. Gabby's main interest becomes Kathleen O'Rourke, a socialite, who seems to be playing hard to get. Jumbo Mullins (goalie and roommate of Gabby) and Coach Trotter, seem to think that Gabby is sacrificing the team's playoff chances by focusing his attention to Kathleen and their suspicion is further heightened when Jumbo finds a payoff from known gambler Torga for Gabby not to play at his best. When Jumbo confronts Gabby with his accusations, he conks Gabby on the head with his stick, which lands Gabby in the hospital. The injury proves to be more serious than Gabby thinks, since his play goes down drastically which forces Trotter to kick him off the team, with accusations of throwing games, but Gabby soon realizes that the injury will leave him blind. It's a hokey melodrama with nothing really standing out as being special (perhaps the exception is Marie Wilson, giving a preview of her My Friend Irma role). The sound engineering on the film is really sub-par and the script does too neat a job trying to resolve all the points of the story. All in all, it's not that bad a film considering the sports star consorting with gamblers storyline has been done to death many times over. Rating, 4.


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