The Quarterback (1940 film)

The Quarterback is a 1940 American comedy film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and written by Robert Pirosh. The film stars Wayne Morris, Virginia Dale, Lillian Cornell, Edgar Kennedy, Alan Mowbray and Jerome Cowan.[1][2][3] The film was released on October 16, 1940, by Paramount Pictures.

The Quarterback
Theatrical release poster
Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone
Produced byAnthony Veiller
Screenplay byRobert Pirosh
StarringWayne Morris
Virginia Dale
Lillian Cornell
Edgar Kennedy
Alan Mowbray
Jerome Cowan
Music byJohn Leipold
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byAlma Macrorie
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 16, 1940 (1940-10-16)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States


College student Jimmy Jones is a timid guy, whereas his twin brother Bill is a fun-loving sort who is in debt with gamblers. When it turns out Bill has an aptitude for football, he pretends to be Jimmy and joins the school's team.

Both brothers end up falling for co-ed Kay Merrill, who is offended by Jimmy's aggressive behavior, not realizing it was really Bill. A gangster, Townley, wants the big game to be lost on purpose so he can collect his gambling debts. Jimmy plays in it himself and does poorly while Bill hitchhikes out of town. But when he hears what's happening on the radio, Bill returns, wins the game, then fights off the crooks.



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  2. "The-Quarterback - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Retrieved 2015-09-07.
  3. "The Quarterback". 1940-10-04. Retrieved 2015-09-08.
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