Saturday's Hero

  • 1951
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Sports

A probing of the lack of ethical standards in college recruiting just as potent today as it was in 1951, SATURDAY'S HERO is the story of Steve Novak (John Derek), a high-school football star and the son of Polish immigrants, who has hopes of rising above his New Jersey surroundings and receiving a college scholarship. As academic standards are of prime...read more

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A probing of the lack of ethical standards in college recruiting just as potent today as it was in 1951, SATURDAY'S HERO is the story of Steve Novak (John Derek), a high-school football star and the son of Polish immigrants, who has hopes of rising above his New Jersey surroundings and

receiving a college scholarship. As academic standards are of prime importance to Steve, he chooses a respected southern school instead of a traditional gridiron powerhouse, and becomes not only the leader of his football squad, but a promising All-American. After a serious shoulder injury in his

junior year, Steve realizes that he has been victimized by the political game-playing of T.C. McCabe (Sidney Blackmer), a wealthy and powerful alumnus who callously used Steve as a means of turning the school into a football power. The determined Steve doesn't give up so easily; he settles down in

his New Jersey mill town with girl friend Melissa (Donna Reed), McCabe's niece, and continues his education by attending night school while working during the day.

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