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Harmon of... Star football player Tom Harmon got his chance for wider fame, starring in this... more info $17.95was $20.95 Buy Now

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Cast (feature film)

1.
Jet Pilot (1957) as Major
An Air Force colonel in charge of an Alaskan base has his hands full when he falls in love with a defecting Russian pilot.
2.
Hollywood or Bust (1956) as M.C.
Two half-wits drive cross country to Hollywood in their search for stardom.
3.
The Square Jungle (1956) as Chicago ring announcer
Grocery clerk Eddie Quaid, in danger of losing his father to alcoholism and his girl Julie through lack of career prospects, goes into boxing. His cop friend McBride finances him; ex-con Bernie Browne trains him. Three years later, he is a challenger for the championship, and Julie re-enters his life. Can she win him back from a predatory blonde? And why does the prospect of Eddie's winning worry Bernie more than his losing?
4.
A Strange Adventure (1956) as Newscaster
5.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) as Announcer
A novelist frames himself for murder to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence.
6.
I Died a Thousand Times (1955) as Radio announcer
An ex-con dreaming of one last heist faces dissension within his gang.
7.
Money from Home (1954) as Announcer
Matt and Dean are in trouble. Dean owes tons of gambling debts. To pay it off, he promises to fix a horse, so that it does not run. To do that, he intends to use his animal lover, veterenian apprentice cousin, Jerry to do this. Of course, he doesn't tell Jerry the real reason. Hilarity ensues as mistaken identies are assumed, while along the way, Jerry meets a female vet and Dean falls for the owner of the horse he's promised to fix. Goons and mobsters are also lurking around; so beware!
8.
9.
Street Corner (1948) as Newscaster
10.
Swingin' on a Rainbow (1945) as Nebraska radio announcer
A young girl goes to New York to find a bandleader who has stolen all the songs she wrote and is passing them off as his own. She soon meets and falls in love with a struggling young songwriter who has his own problems.
11.
Hitchhike to Happiness (1945) as Announcer
12.
Sensations of 1945 (1944) as Himself
13.
Here Comes Elmer (1943) as Wendell Niles
14.
The Big Shot (1942) as Announcer
A mob leader escapes prison and flees with his love to a mountain hideaway, where he tries to atone for his sins.
15.
A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Announcer
This Republic murder mystery starts with a radio broadcast by Greg Sherman (John Howard) who solves cases on the air that the local police cannot solve. As he names the perpetrator of a recent murder we see the criminal, who is listening to the show, become alarmed and start to make his escape. The scene shifts to the police department where the chief, fearing for his job, assigns officers to get something, anything, on Sherman and get him off the air. Meanwhile, Greg and his pretty wife Beth (Margaret Lindsay) are parting company. He's going to a party and she's going to visit her pregnant sister in the hospital. The next morning Greg wakes up and nudges his sleeping wife. When she doesn't respond, he pulls off the covers and finds not his wife but a strange woman, dead and with the murder knife still sticking up out of her back. While he's still recovering from the shock, Beth walks into the bedroom. Thinking that she has discovered her husband with another woman, she leaves and calls the police. The police are delighted of course, but Greg escapes as they are arresting him. Now he must solve the mystery by himself...
16.
Wings for the Eagle (1942) as Radio announcer
Dedicated aircraft workers compete for the same girl.
17.
Puddin' Head (1941) as Randall
18.
Harmon of Michigan (1941) as Announcer
Tom Harmon (ol' # 98 for the Michigan Wolverines, husband of actress Elyse Knox and father of Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon)took a back seat to no one on the football field (except the Minnesota Gophers) or, later, in the broadcast booth, but, on film, he managed to find himself in two of the all-time bad sports movies..."The Spirit of West Point" and "Harmon of Michigan." The latter, if it had been a true-life biography of Tom Harmon, might have made a passable film but after a short prologue, narrated by sports writer Bill Henry who is not the same as actor William Henry, that semi-recaps Harmon's football-playing days at the University of Michigan, it quickly develops into a mess that indicates the director and writers used the technical adviser, Coach Jeff Cravath, only to put plays on the blackboard. Once Harmon,(supposedly playing himself but the character he plays here has more character flaws than the law allows), graduates from Michigan, he marries his college sweetheart Peggy Adams (Anita Louise), turns up his nose at the prospect of playing professional football---a poor-paying and not-that-well respected job in 1941---and starts a vagabond tour of coaching tank-water colleges. Authenicity went out the window when the narration ended, as did any kind of time tracking, as everything that follows seems to happen in a single football season. Tom takes an assistant coach job at a cow-pasture college under Jimmy Wayburn (William Hall) and lasts one day before Wayburn fires him. Then he signs to play for a College All-Star team doing exhibition games against pro teams, but his team-mates, hacked because Tom gets star billing, lay down on him and he gets smacked down hard on every play. One of the leaders willing to let Harmon get slaughtered is old Michigan teammate Forrest Evashevski (playing himself), a life-long friend in real life and Godfather to Mark Harmon and a long-time respected coach at the University of Iowa. Harmon wins the game by himself, but decides this isn't his cup of tea. He hangs around the house a few weeks, then gets a job as an assistant under old-time coach Pop Branch at a college that has three buidings on campus and a football stadium seating 100,000 fans. He helps Pop win a few games (still ticking along in what appears to be the same fall football season), but the alumni at Webster College are tired of losing, fire their coach and hire Harmon away from Pop. Harmon takes over the Webster team in mid-season and becomes the all-time example of a hard-ass coach willing to win at any cost, including installing a screen-pass play that depends on an illegal blcoking scheme---the Flying Wedge---to make it work. His Webster team begins to thump their opponents by large scores, usually leaving the other team battered and bloodied by the use of the illegal blocking scheme. They win four or five games which, based on the writers time scheme, would have them playing 20 games a season in what was then a nine-and-ten game season. Plus, the press and other coaches around and about, are up in arms about Harmon's tatics, but the jerks refereeing the games evidently haven't read the rule book nor the newspapers and throw no penalty flags against his team. Well, one referee does once, but he never officiated nor had lunch in that town again. It, by any reasonable calendar must now be July of the next year in a season that should have ended in December, and hard-case Harmon's team is going up against Pop's team (where Harmon coached earlier in this never-ending season) and Pop drops by and tells Tom he ain't all that fond of Tom's coaching methods, but Tom poo-pahs him off, and then sends his team out and they gleefully dismantle Pop's fair-playing team by 109-0. But Webster's quarterback Freddie Davis (Stanley Brown) suffers a concussion running a play Harmon calls just to run up the score even higher---Harmon evidently didn't read the script because nobody using their own name would want this character perceived
19.
Strange Alibi (1941) as Radio announcer
An undercover cop finds himself on the wrong side of the law when the mob discovers his true identity.
20.
Gaucho Serenade (1940) as
Gene Autry and sidekick Frog Millhouse depart Madison Square Garden and NYC heading west for home in their car and a horse trailer carrying Gene's horse, Champion. They discover that Ronnie Willoughby, a young boy just off the boat from school in England, has hitched a ride, thinking that Gene and Frog were sent by his father to meet him. Ronnie thinks his father is a big rancher in the west and doesn't know that his father, Alfred Willoughby, is serving time in San Quentin prison because of a frame-up by the officials of a packing company. To keep the father from testifying against them, the packing company officials, Carter, Jenkins and Martin, have arranged for the boy to be kidnapped. Along the way a runaway bride, Joyce Halloway, and her young sister Patsy join the troupe. Various members of the cast sing and dance their way through The Singing Hills, Gaucho Serenade, Give Out With a Song, Heading For the Wide Open Spaces, 'Tis Be, Keep Rollin' and A Song of Sunset before every situation is solved, and Gene gets Joyce, Frog gets Ringeye, the father is cleared and reunited with his UK-accented son and the villains are sent to the Republic Big House.
21.
Three Faces West (1940) as Radio announcer
A refugee must choose between the man she loves and the man who helped her father escape the Third Reich.
22.
Tear Gas Squad (1940) as Announcer
A brave young policeman single-handedly takes on a vicious criminal gang.
23.
Ladies Must Live (1940) as Radio commentator
A country bumpkin tries to save his millionaire pal from a gold-digging singer.
24.
Indianapolis Speedway (1939) as Announcer
A race-car driver tries to keep his kid brother from taking to the track.
25.
The Roaring Twenties (1939) as Announcer
Three WWI Army buddies get mixed up with the mob in peacetime.
26.
Four Wives (1939) as Announcer
Three married women play matchmaker for their widowed sister.
27.
Broadway Musketeers (1938) as Police announcer
Three childhood friends get mixed up with gangsters.
28.
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) as Announcer
A singing cowboy turns out to be a tenderfoot.
29.
The Kid Comes Back (1938) as Radio announcer
A ring veteran turns a Texas tenderfoot into a winning fighter.
30.
Marked Woman (1937) as News commentator
A crusading DA fights to get a nightclub hostess to testify against her gangster boss.

Misc. Crew (special)

31.
Lum and Abner (1949) as Announcer
The misadventures of Lum Edwards and Abner Peabody, the owner-operators of the Jot'em Down General Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. An unsuccessful attempt to adapt the radio series to TV.

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