GenreDrama, Romance, Sport Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateSeptember 30, 1937 (1937-09-30) WriterGeorge Waggner (story), George Waggner (screenplay), Harold Buckley (screenplay) CastJohn Wayne (Johnny Hanson), Sheila Bromley (Helen Dale), Charles Brokaw (Jack Irwin), Bill Burrud (Bobby (as Billy Burrud)), Jane Johns (Peggy) GenresDrama, Romance Film, Black-and-white Similar moviesRocky IV, Rocky III, Pulp Fiction, Rocky II, Rocky V, Rocky
Idol of the Crowds is a 1937 American drama sport film directed by Arthur Lubin and starring John Wayne as an ice hockey player. It was originally called Hell on Ice by the Hays Office requested this be changed.
The New York Panthers ice hockey team is struggling in the standings. A scouting team headed by Kelly (Hopton) heads to Maine where they've heard of a promising former amateur player. He turns out to be John Hanson (Wayne), now a chicken farmer.
Hanson does not wish to return to the game, but when he learns how much money he can make, he agrees solely so he can make enough to upgrade his farm. His skills make him an instant sensation, but as the team heads toward the championship series, he runs afoul of crooked gamblers and the beautiful woman (Bromley) they tempt him with.