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The Bob Mathias Story (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 24 October 1954 (USA)
California school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. The film begins with him ... See full summary »

Director:

Francis D. Lyon

Writer:

Richard Collins
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bob Mathias ... Bob Mathias
Ward Bond ... Coach Virgil Jackson
Melba Mathias ... Melba Mathias
Howard Petrie ... Dr. Charles Mathias
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Lillian Mathias
Diane Jergens ... Pat Mathias
Paul Bryar ... Bill Andrews
Anne Kimbell ... Sally
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California school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. The film begins with him as a 17-year-old schoolboy in Tulare, California where his high school track coach, played by Ward Bond, encourages him to train for the Olympics, with the Dacathlon in mind. His story, far from over, ends here with his victory in the 1952 Olympics and with Mathias in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Melba, play themselves in one of the few movie bios that doesn't play fast and loose with the facts, especially in a bio with the subject playing himself. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The World's Greatest Athlete!

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Bob Mathias See more »

Filming Locations:

Tulare, California, USA

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Completed on a budget of only $180,000, in part by extensive use of newsreel and Olympic Games footage. According to contemporary news article in the New York Times, 45 residents of Mathias' home town of Tulare, California raised about 40% of the funding for the picture. See more »

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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.33 (1954) See more »

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Interesting
2 March 2000 | by Greg-161See all my reviews

This biographical account of Bob Mathias's life up to and including his Olympic gold medals is more like a documentary or "real-life" TV show than anything else.

Track & Field enthusiasts will find it interesting. You certainly can't complain that the scenes of Mathias competing aren't realistic, seeing as he plays himself!


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