Hold 'Em Yale (1935 film)

Hold 'Em Yale is a 1935 American comedy film directed by Sidney Lanfield and written by Damon Runyon, Paul Gerard Smith and Eddie Welch. The film stars Patricia Ellis, Cesar Romero, Buster Crabbe, William Frawley, Andy Devine and George Barbier. The film was released on April 27, 1935, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Hold 'Em Yale
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySidney Lanfield
Produced byCharles R. Rogers
Screenplay byDamon Runyon
Paul Gerard Smith
Eddie Welch
StarringPatricia Ellis
Cesar Romero
Buster Crabbe
William Frawley
Andy Devine
George Barbier
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byJack Dennis
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 27, 1935 (1935-04-27)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States


A racketeer known as "Sunshine Joe" specializes in ticket scalping. His gang of colorfully nicknamed thugs includes Liverlips, Sam the Gonoph and Bennie South Street, as well as "Georgie the Chaser," who was dubbed that way because of his penchant for chasing after women.

On a train, Georgie happens upon Clarice Van Cleve, an heiress who loves to fall in love, particularly with men in uniform. This has created many a headache for her father, who already has seen Clarice elope three times with military types, each tryst ending badly.

Mr. Van Cleve diverts his daughter to a New Jersey health resort, where he introduces her to his friend Mr. Wilmot and handsome son Hector, in the hope that Clarice and Hector will hit it off. Georgie the gigolo still has Clarice's eye, however, pretending to be a combat pilot. But when Clarice turns up and begins acting like a homemaker, driving him crazy, Georgie, learning she's been disinherited by her dad, leaves by claiming he's needed by "the King" to fly a mission.

Sunshine Joe runs off with money earned from scalped tickets to the Harvard-Yale college football game. It so happens Hector is a member of the Yale team, so all of Joe's goons go to New Haven, Connecticut for the game and place bets. Shocked to find Hector is a benchwarmer, they pull a gun on the coach, demanding Hector be permitted to play. He kicks a field goal to win the game, then ends up, a man in another kind of uniform, in the arms of Clarice.



  1. "Hold-em-Yale - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
  2. "Hold 'Em Yale (1935) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-07-05.
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