Over the Goal

Over the Goal is a 1937 American comedy film directed by Noel M. Smith and written by William Jacobs and Anthony Coldeway. The film stars June Travis, William Hopper, Johnnie Davis, Gordon Oliver, William Harrigan and Willard Parker.[1] The film was released by Warner Bros. on October 16, 1937.[2][3]

Over the Goal
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNoel M. Smith
Produced byBryan Foy
Screenplay byWilliam Jacobs
Anthony Coldeway
Story byWilliam Jacobs
StarringJune Travis
William Hopper
Johnnie Davis
Gordon Oliver
William Harrigan
Willard Parker
Music byHeinz Roemheld
CinematographyWarren Lynch
Edited byEverett Dodd
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 16, 1937 (1937-10-16)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States


A wealthy alumnus of Carlton College promises to leave his fortune to the school, but only if it can defeat football rival State three consecutive years. After two victories in a row, the alumnus dies. His descendants want his money for themselves, and therefore desperately want Carlton to lose the big game.

Ken Thomas is the star player for Carlton, but he is injured and a doctor has cautioned him that he risks permanent damage to his health if he plays. Ken has given his word to girlfriend Lucille that he won't play, but after she releases him from that promise, the rich benefactor's relatives scheme to have Ken accused of stealing a car and placed under arrest.

Campus friends come to his rescue just in time for Ken to suit up for Carlton and save the day.



Frank Nugent of The New York Times said, "Over the Goal is just another of those football films, leading circuitously to the inevitable moment when Carlton's white hope breaks away from his jailers to change the score from 0—13 to 14—13 in the last two minutes of play. The only difference between it and its cinematic uncles, aunts, cousins and grandfathers is the cast. It has several new faces, the best among them being the comic one of Johnnie Davis, formerly of Fred Waring's orchestra. We still feel two indifferent pictures do not compensate for the absence of one good one."[4]


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