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FATHER WAS A FULLBACK is a 1949 film black-and-white of Twentieth Century Fox based on a comedy by Clifford Goldsmith . The film is about a college American football
American football
star and his woes. The film stars Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray
, Maureen O\'Hara , Natalie Wood , and Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Plot summary

* 2 Cast

* 2.1 Principals * 2.2 Supporting players

* 3 Behind the scenes * 4 References * 5 External links

PLOT SUMMARY

State College football coach George Cooper ( Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray
) has more than enough problems on the job without his teenage daughter Connie ( Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
) complicating his life at home. She has written a story but no one has agreed to publish it yet. Furthermore she is convinced that she is unattractive to the opposite sex and wallows in frustration self-pity. Resigning herself to a loveless existence, she decides to make literature her life. When she gets a check for $180 for a fictional article she pens about a teenage bubble dancer that recently appeared in a confessions magazine, the boys come calling. The young author dates a high school football star from across town who chooses to attend State College (rather than Notre Dame) to be near his newfound sweetheart. She is the first girl he likes more than football. George's gridiron and domestic problems seem to be solved.

His wife Elizabeth (Maureen O\'Hara ) and housekeeper Geraldine ( Thelma Ritter ) support the family members in distress, while the younger sister Ellen ( Natalie Wood ) helps Connie and her father out during this difficult time. In the end she feels much like her sister did in the beginning.

CAST

PRINCIPALS

Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray
and Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
in a scene from the film.

* Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray
as George "Coop" Cooper, a college football coach * Maureen O\'Hara as Elizabeth Cooper, his wife * Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
as Constance "Connie" Cooper, his oldest daughter * Natalie Wood as Ellen Cooper, his youngest daughter * Thelma Ritter as Geraldine, his housekeeper * Jim Backus
Jim Backus
as Professor "Sully" Sullivan, his neighbor (performing under the name, James G. Backus) * Rudy Vallee
Rudy Vallee
as Mr. Roger "Jess" Jessup, a football supporter

SUPPORTING PLAYERS

* Robert Adler as Grandstand Bit Part (uncredited) * Don Barclay as Grandstand "Coach" (uncredited) * Gilbert Barnett as Stinky Parker (uncredited) * Rodney Bell as Grandstand "Coach" (uncredited) * Tom Bernard as Delivery Boy (uncredited) * Harry Carter as Grandstand Bit Part (uncredited) * Ruth Clifford
Ruth Clifford
as Neighbor (uncredited) * Heinie Conklin
Heinie Conklin
as Ed (uncredited) * Fred Dale as Cheerleader (uncredited) * Gwenn Fields as Daphne Sullivan (uncredited) * Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
as Football Fan (uncredited) * Charles Flynn as Policeman (uncredited) * Tom Hanlon as Radio Announcer (uncredited) * Sam Harris as Alumnus at Dinner (uncredited) * Joe Haworth as Skip, Reporter in Locker Room (uncredited) * Don Hicks as Bill (uncredited) * Pat Kane as Bellhop (uncredited) * Kenner G. Kemp as Alumnus at Dinner (uncredited) * Louise Lorimer as Mrs. Jones (uncredited) * Lee MacGregor as Cheerleader (uncredited) * Mike Mahoney as Pete, the Sailor (uncredited) * Buddy Martin as Cheerleader (uncredited) * Mickey McCardle as Jones (uncredited) * John McKee as Cy (uncredited) * Frank Mills as Assistant Football Coach (uncredited) * Forbes Murray as Mr. Higgins, College President (uncredited) * Robert Patten as Manager (uncredited) * Bill Radovich as Football Player (uncredited) * William Self as Willie Davis (uncredited) * Richard Tyler as Hercules Smith a.k.a. Joe Birch (uncredited) * Wilson Wood as Grandstand "Coach" (uncredited)

BEHIND THE SCENES

* Father Was a Fullback
Father Was a Fullback
marked the second time child actor Natalie Wood was cast as Maureen O\'Hara 's daughter. The first was in Miracle on 34th Street . A month after the film was released Wood received the Child of the Year Award in celebration of Children\'s Day . * Actress Betty Lynn
Betty Lynn
would achieve immortality almost ten years after making Father Was a Fullback
Father Was a Fullback
as Thelma Lou, Barney Fife
Barney Fife
's girlfriend in The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
(1960–1968). Lynn made 26 appearances on the series.

REFERENCES

* ^ "Top Grossers of 1949". Variety. 4 January 1950. p. 59.

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