The Cowboy Quarterback

The Cowboy Quarterback is a 1939 American comedy film directed by Noel M. Smith and written by Fred Niblo, Jr.. The film stars Bert Wheeler, Marie Wilson, Gloria Dickson, William Demarest, Eddie Foy, Jr. and William Hopper.[1][2][3] The film was released by Warner Bros. on July 29, 1939.[4][5]

The Cowboy Quarterback
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNoel M. Smith
Produced byBryan Foy
Screenplay byFred Niblo, Jr.
StarringBert Wheeler
Marie Wilson
Gloria Dickson
William Demarest
Eddie Foy, Jr.
William Hopper
Music byHoward Jackson
CinematographyTed D. McCord
Edited byDoug Gould
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • July 29, 1939 (1939-07-29)
Running time
56 minutes
CountryUnited States


Rusty Walker, a scout for the Chicago Packers professional football team, discovers a young fellow named Harry Lynn in remote Montana who has amazing prowess as a quarterback. He persuades Harry to come to Chicago, but because Harry is afraid to leave girlfriend Maizie alone with rival suitor "Handsome Sam" Saxon, he insists that Maizie be permitted to come along.

Harry's play is as good as Rusty expects it to be, but Maizie is a constant distraction. When she leaves town, team management fixes up Harry with the attractive Evelyn Corey and, sure enough, he falls in love. Harry writes a letter to Maizie, breaking off their engagement, then has second thoughts, but teammate Steve mails it without Harry's knowledge.

Getting drunk, Harry loses $5,000 gambling while unaware he was betting real money. Crooks instruct him to throw the Packers' big game against the Ramblers, and things get further complicated when Harry learns that Evelyn actually intends to marry Rusty, not him. Maizie returns with Handsome Sam, and after leading the team to victory in the final seconds, Harry manages to intercept Handsome Sam as he's about to hand Maizie the unopened letter.



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  2. "The Cowboy Quarterback". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  3. Tibbetts & Welsh 2010, p. 55.
  4. "Cowboy Quarterback (1939) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-09-04.
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