Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins. The plot is typical but the on-field action is pretty good featuring real players using some actual footage. The idea for the riot scene came from an actual brawl at an NYU-Fordham football game.
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The novel "Big Game" by Francis Wallace
was first published as a serial entitled "Odds Against Honor" in Collier's magazine from 26 October to 14 December 1935.. The idea for the riot scene came from an actual riot at a New York University-Fordham University football game. RKO bought 1000 feet of the 1935 Rose Bowl game footage for use in the film. In that game, Alabama beat Stanford 29-13. See more
Near the beginning of the film, in a long shot, a running touchdown play is shown, but the team in white is missing the heavy black stripes on their jerseys as shown earlier on players from "Atlantic University". This happens in other scenarios in the film. See more