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Pigskin Parade

Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by David Butler
Produced by Bogart Rogers
Darryl F. Zanuck
Written by William M. Conselman
Mary Kelly
Nat Perrin
Arthur Sheekman
Harry Tugend
Jack Yellen
Starring Stuart Erwin
Patsy Kelly
Jack Haley
Betty Grable
Judy Garland
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
Editing by Irene Morra
Release date(s) United States October 23, 1936
Running time 93 min.
Country USA
Language English

Pigskin Parade is a 1936 musical comedy film which tells the story of husband and wife college football coaches who convince a backwoods player to play for their team so they can go to the big Bowl Game. It was written by William M. Conselman, Mark Kelly, Nat Perrin, Arthur Sheekman, Harry Tugend and Jack Yellen, and was directed by David Butler.



Due to a misunderstanding, Yale inadvertently invites the small Texas State University to play their football team for a benefit game. Coincidentally, TSU has just hired a new coach Jack Haley who arrives at the college with his wife (Patsy Kelly) just in time to hear the announcement that the team is to play Yale. The coach digs in to whip the team into shape, but just before the big game, the quarterback breaks his leg. All seems hopeless until they stumble across an Arkansas hillbilly, played by Stuart Erwin, who throws a football like no one they've ever seen. The only problem remaining is to figure a way to get the college to enroll the hillbilly so that he can take the place of the injured quarterback.[1]

University in film

The university in the film, Texas State University, is fictional; the real-life Texas State University did not receive that name until 2003. The logo on the football players' uniforms resembles the long-time logo of Texas A&M University.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1937 Academy Award Nominated Best Actor in a Supporting Role Stuart Erwin


  1. ^ Pigskin Parade page on The Judy Garland Database, by Jim Johnson

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