Friday, 15 November 2013




  • Production Credits

  • Director - William Beaudine
  • Producer - Walter Mirisch
  • Composer (Music Score) - Marlin Skiles
  • Producer - Victor Heerman
  • Cinematographer - Harry Neumann
  • Editor - Walter A. Hannemann
  • Cast Credits

  • Marshall Thompson - Steve Davis
  • Vera Miles - Denny Burke
  • Natalie Wood - Sally Burke
  • Richard Rober - Coach Hadley
  • Keith Larsen - Bronc Buttram
  • Tom Harmon - Himself
  • Ann Doran - Mrs. Burke
  • James Dobson - Allie Bassler
  • Jim Backus - Mike Burke
  • Clarence Kolb - Gramps
  • Bill Welsh - Himself
  • Paul Bryar
  • Margo Woode - Mrs. Hadley
  • William Forrest
  • Perc Launders
  • Herb Vigran
At 73 minutes, you'd think "The Rose Bowl Story" would be at least a passable time filler, but unfortunately it isn't. The storyline is almost non-existent, and the cast (filled with many familiar names) gets shafted with a screenplay filled with TV sitcom clichés. The most exciting thing about this movie is the opening description of Pasadena and the annual New Year's Day event. Standing in Times Square, waiting for the ball to drop in freezing weather, then being pushed out immediately after midnight by the police, is a better alternative than sitting through this, waiting for the big game to occur.

When Jim Backus can't even be funny recalling his football days (using a vase instead of a football), that's pretty sad. Natalie Wood, after a promising start in films like "Driftwood" and "The Miracle on 34th Street", needed another holiday after this dog. Typecast as the annoying teenager during this time, she would have every right to become a rebel without a cause towards her agent for getting her tripe like this.

You can't expect much from Monogram films, especially one directed by William Beaudine, but this one moves at a snail's pace. Something worth mentioning in the film's favor, is pretty good cinecolor, but other than that and people like Backus and Clarence Kolb, this film is worse than a New Year's Day hangover.