Saturday's Heroes

Saturday's Heroes is a 1937 American drama film directed by Edward Killy from a screenplay by Paul Yawitz, Charles Kaufman, and David Silverstein based on George Templeton's story. Produced and distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, the film stars Van Heflin, Marian Marsh, Richard Lane, Alan Bruce, and Willie Best.

Saturday's Heroes
Directed byEdward Killy
Produced byRobert Sisk
Screenplay byPaul Yawitz
Charles Kaufman
David Silverstein
Story byGeorge Templeton
StarringVan Heflin
Marian Marsh
Richard Lane
Alan Bruce
Willie Best
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited byFrederic Knudtson
Release date
  • October 8, 1937 (1937-10-08) (US)[1]
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States


Val Webster is the quarterback of Calton College's football team, but besides dealing with criticism of his play, Val needs money, which he gets by scalping tickets to the games.

A teammate, Ted Calkins, commits suicide after being caught moonlighting at a job, and Val's ticket scheme is exposed as well, causing university president Hammond to expel him. Disgusted by the hypocrisy in college athletics, where the school reaps hundreds of thousands of dollars while the athletes stay broke, Val teams with sportswriter Red Watson to bring attention to the matter, with girlfriend Frances providing moral support.

Val lands a job coaching for a rival college. When its game against Calton comes up, the outcome convinces Hammond and others that something must be done to change the unjust way student-athletes are rewarded for their play.


(cast list as per AFI database)[1]


  1. "Saturday's Heroes: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
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