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Director  Edward Sedgwick
Genres  Comedy, Fantasy
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Cinematography  George Schneiderman
Duration  
Country  United States
The Gladiator (1938 film) movie poster
Writer  Philip Wylie, Arthur Sheekman, Charlie Melson
Release date  August 15, 1938 (1938-08-15)
Cast  Joe E Brown, June Travis, Dickie Moore, Robert Kent
Similar movies  Related Edward Sedgwick movies

The Gladiator is a 1938 American comedy and fantasy film starring Joe E. Brown, Dickie Moore and June Travis. The movie is an adaptation of Philip Gordon Wylie's 1930 novel Gladiator, which is often credited with having influenced the creation of Superman.

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Plot

A man returns to college and is talked into joining the football team. He is a real joke on the team, until he is given a drug that gives him super strength.

After the formula from Professor Danner turns him into a campus hero, Hugo Kipp enters a wrestling ring against Man Mountain Dean to raise money for an orphanage. He finds out too late that the serum is only temporary, losing his strength with the match in progress. Only a few lucky moves enable Hugo to win the match.

Cast

Main cast
  • Joe E. Brown - Hugo Kipp
  • Dickie Moore - Bobby
  • Man Mountain Dean - Himself
  • June Travis - Iris Bennett
  • Lucien Littlefield - Professor Danner
  • Ethel Wales - Mrs. Danner
  • Robert Kent - Tom Dixon
  • Donald Douglas - Coach Robbins
  • Uncredited appearances
  • Richard Alexander - Tough Guy
  • William Gould - Professor
  • Harrison Greene - Trophy Giver/Jokester
  • Sam Hayes - Announcer
  • Eddie Kane - Speed Burns
  • Marjorie Kane - Miss Taylor, Student
  • Milton Kibbee - Assistant Coach
  • Wright Kramer - Dr. DeRay
  • Edward LeSaint - Committee Member
  • Frank Mills - Man in Movie Audience
  • Jack Mulhall - Spectator at Wrestling Match
  • Lee Phelps - Coach Stetson
  • Harry Semels - Hamburger Man
  • John Shelton - Student
  • Charles Sullivan - Football Fan
  • Charles C. Wilson - Theatre Manager
  • Robert Winkler
  • Production

    The movie reached theatres two months after the publication of the first appearance of Superman in a comic book.

    References

    The Gladiator (1938 film) Wikipedia
    The Gladiator (1938 film) IMDbThe Gladiator (1938 film) themoviedb.org


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