College Romance and Gridiron Glory in Huddle (1932)
Steel worker Ramon Novarro gets a Yale
scholarship and grid glory that undermines humility for awhile --- wouldn't it
yours? --- but Madge Evans is there with promise of love and upward mobility.
Huddlereminds that much of then-H'wod
output, especially at Metro, was about class difference and how poor could turn
rich, or at least move toward same, with help of a right partner choice, that
being, after all, whatgolddigging was all about. Ramon's classmates include
Kane Richmond, Una Merkel, Joe Sawyer (here Sauers), and sweetheart off Hal
Roach's comedy campus, Martha Sleeper. Novarro was thirty-three by enrollment
here, more than a little old todon a
frosh cap, and wouldn't death be a consequence of quarterbacking the big game
when you have advanced appendicitis? MGM may have been toughening up Novarro in
hopes of renewed popularity; he's scrappy here beyond reason and our patience.
Turns out Huddle did lose money, so it was back to more or less
passivity for what was left of Novarro's starring career.