WB Goes For The Rah Rah
Over The Goal (1937) Risks Everything For a Big Win
June Travis extracts a promise from injured footballer William Hopper that he'll never play again, lest a next mishap cause permanent damage. Half way in, plot circumstance demands he take the field, so June simply changes her mind, and off runs Bill to grid glory. That's the nature of B's: everything serves a quick-time narrative, and never mind character and motivation gone askew in service to pace. I fretted over Hopper disabled or even killed at a finish to the big game, even knowing it wouldn't happen in fluff like this. Remarkable how movies would float a big issue for a first half, then ignore it altogether in a second. We're left with impression that June cares more about a victorious team than Bill's welfare, and judging by a happy fade clinch they share, that's OK. Did '37 sport fans value a win over lives of players? Maybe it was no issue as Over The Goal was just a program filler after all. Or could be I take these matters too much to heart, wrestling with moral/ethical issues through such a dumb pic. Given Bill's position, however, I'd have wanted back my frat pin in the wake of June's callous disregard for my safety. Over The Goal when off-field is usual collegiate high jinx: stealing a rival school's mascot, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson wrestling a bear (there now, is that good enough reason to watch?), songs and nonsense from Johnnie "Scat" Davis, whose band would immortalize Hooray For Hollywood, and the time-honored bucket of water poised atop doors to drench incomers. You could heap worse abuse on 63 minutes.