1940s Sports Movies

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Make Mine Music(1946)

| 1h 15min | Animation, Kids & Family, Music
2.9/5 (with 55 votes)

In the tradition of Fantasia, Make Mine Music is a glorious collection of nine musically charged animated shorts featuring such fun-filled favorites as "Peter And The Wolf", narrated by the beloved voice behind Winnie The Pooh. In addition, you'll enjoy such classic cartoon hits as "Casey At The Bat," "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At The Met" and "Johnnie Fedora And Alice Bluebonnet.".

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Joshua Meador, Jack Kinney, Robert Cormack - With Tatiana Riabouchinska, David Lichine

Take Me Out to the Ball Game(1949)

3.5/5 (with 13 votes)

The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected "fathead" who intends to take an active interest in running the team. But K.C. turns outs to be a beautiful woman who really knows her baseball. Second baseman Dennis Ryan promptly falls in love. But his playboy roommate Eddie O'Brien has his own notions about how to treat the new lady owner and some unsavory gamblers have their own ideas about how to handle Eddie.

Here Comes Mr. Jordan(1941)

3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes...because a Heavenly Messenger, new on the job, snatched Joe's spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe's body is cremated; so the celestial Mr. Jordan grants him the use of the body of wealthy Bruce Farnsworth, who's just been murdered by his wife. Joe tries to remake Farnsworth's unworthy life in his own clean-cut image, but then falls in love; and what about that murderous wife?

Knute Rockne All American(1940)

1h 38min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 7 votes)

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Baseball Bugs(1946)

3.4/5 (with 16 votes)

A baseball game is going on in New York City, at the Polo Grounds (although the rooftop facade is more suggestive of Yankee Stadium), between the visiting "Gas-House Gorillas" and the home team, the "Tea Totallers". The game is not going well for the Tea Totallers, as the Gorillas, a bunch of oversized, roughneck players, are not only dominating the Tea Totallers, made up of old men, but intimidating the umpire by knocking him into the ground like a tent peg after an unpopular judgment. The Gorillas' home runs go screaming out of the ballpark (literally) and the batters form a conga line, with each hitter knocking a ball out.

Directed by Friz Freleng

The Stratton Story(1949)

1h 46min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

Star major league pitcher Monty Stratton loses a leg in a hunting accident, but becomes determined to leave the game on his own terms.

The Art of Skiing(1941)

| 8min | Animation
3.6/5 (with 15 votes)

Goofy, staying at the Sugar Bowl resort, demonstrates the basics of downhill skiing, which the titles and announcer insist is pronounced "SHEEing". The equipment is, of course, of the era. As you can imagine, Goofy has much trouble keeping his skis parallel and pointing downhill. The final ski jump conveniently lands Goofy right back in bed.

Directed by Jack Kinney

Neptune's Daughter(1949)

3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Scatterbrained Betty Barrett mistakes masseur Jack Spratt for Jose O'Rourke, the captain of the South American polo team. Spratt goes along with the charade, but the situation becomes more complicated when they fall in love. Meanwhile, Betty's sensible older sister Eve fears Betty's heart will be broken when Jose returns to South America. She arranges to meet with the real O'Rourke and love soon blossoms between them as well.

Good News(1947)

3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring '20s, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat McClellan. Tommy's grades start to slip, which keeps him from playing in the big game. Connie eventually finds out Tommy really loves her and devises a plan to win him back and to get him back on the field.


1h 31min | Drama
2.1/5 (with 3 votes)

An artist (Dane Clark) follows a woman (Alexis Smith) from California to New York, where he boxes for her mobster husband (Zachary Scott).

How to Play Baseball(1942)

| 8min | Comedy, Animation
3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

Goofy shows us the national pastime. After a brief overview, we have a demonstration of the many possible pitches. On to the World Series, where we go through an eventful inning, culminating in a baseball that disintegrates when being hit.

Directed by Jack Kinney

The Art of Self Defense(1941)

| 8min | Comedy, Animation
3.1/5 (with 9 votes)

Goofy takes a lighthearted look at self defense through the ages: cavemen, knights, the age of chivalry, and finally boxing.

Directed by Jack Kinney
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Rabbit Punch(1948)

3.4/5 (with 6 votes)

Heckling the Champ gets Bugs into the world championship fight as the challenger.

Directed by Chuck Jones

How to Play Football(1944)

| 7min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

It's Taxidermy Tech vs. Anthropology A&M for this introduction to college football.

Directed by Jack Kinney

Easy Living(1949)

1h 17min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

A football halfback has a heart condition, a nagging wife and a team secretary who loves him.

Goofy Gymnastics(1949)

| 6min | Animation, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

Inspired by a magazine ad, Goofy sends for a mail order body building course. First is weight lifting; after Goofy finally gets the weights up, a fly lands and sends him crashing through several floors in the apartment building. Chinups: the bar itself goes up and down. Then a rubber-band stretch device, which Goofy quickly tangles up in, sending him crashing through the building and several other pieces of equipment.

Directed by Jack Kinney

The Babe Ruth Story(1948)

1h 46min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The baseball player (William Bendix) goes from wayward youth to Boston Red Sox pitcher to New York Yankees home-run hero.

Directed by Roy Del Ruth - With William Bendix, Claire Trevor, Charles Bickford, Sam Levene, Robert Ellis, Lord Chamberlain's Men, ...

Ringside Maisie(1941)

1h 35min | Comedy, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let down his best friend and manager Skeets Maguire, who has hopes of him becoming the next champion, he is reluctant to bring up the subject with him. Maisie convinces Terry to tell Skeets, whose unexpected reaction induces him to step into the ring again.

Double Dribble(1946)

| 7min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 7 votes)

It's the big college basketball game; everyone playing looks like Goofy, and he's the only fan of the visiting team P.U.

Directed by Jack Hannah

The Contender(1944)

1h 3min | Drama
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A truck driver turns to prizefighting with hopes of earning enough cash to send his son to military school. 1944.

Directed by Sam Newfield

How to Swim(1942)

| 8min | Animation
3.2/5 (with 10 votes)

Goofy shows us how to swim, first using a piano stool to demonstrate the strokes, right into the middle of traffic and back again. Next, Goofy tries to change in a tiny beachhouse and ends up underwater without realizing it. He eats his picnic lunch and finds himself literally tied into knots with cramps. Next, Goofy takes on diving, as first demonstrated by an outline model; of course, for him, it doesn't go nearly as well. Finally, Goofy tries riding the surf in an inner tube, but first it's punctured by an ill-placed anchor, then it turns into a slingshot thanks to a couple of cleverly placed posts.

Directed by Jack Kinney

Joe Palooka in the Knockout(1947)

1h 12min

The third of the Monogram series based on Ham Fisher's "Joe Palooka" comic strip, opens with Knobby Walsh, the manager of Joe Palooka trying to talk his way out of a traffic citation, and the story leading to that point is told in flashback as narrated by Walsh. Heavyweight champion Joe, after knocking out an opponent who later died in his dressing room, feels responsible and threatens to give up boxing. But the dead fighter's fiance thinks he died as the result of a drug that was given to him by a gang of gamblers, who made a rich haul betting on Palooka. Joe, Knobby and the police unite to run down the gamblers, but not before Joe also is nearly murdered by the same means...a poisoned mouthpiece. Elyse Knox is along as Joe's sweetheart Anne Howe, although Anne and Joe had long been married in the comic strip.

The Olympic Champ(1942)

| 7min | Comedy, Animation
3.3/5 (with 12 votes)

Goofy illustrates the various Olympic track-and-field events and the torch traditions.

Directed by Jack Kinney

Das große Spiel(1942)

1h 25min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A player on a soccer team, where everyone matches together just perfectly, has fallen out of a championship tournament due to illness; which leads to a big problem: who would be the perfect man to replace him? Werner Fehling appears to be the perfect replacement for the sick man. The problem is, he's a bitter rival of the goalkeeper, Jupp Jaeger. Both men love the same girl, Grete Gabler. Grete is the daughter of a senior member of the sports club, which is why she feels doubly under pressure not to do anything to jeopardize the success of the team.

Blonde Comet(1941)

1h 7min
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A tire manufacturer's daughter becomes a champion auto racer.

Directed by William Beaudine

Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch(1949)

1h 14min | Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Joe heads for South America to fight the Latin champ. Shipboard, he helps federal agents fight counterfeiters. He also spars with love interest Anne Howe.

Joe Palooka, Champ(1946)

| 1h 10min | Comedy

After losing heavyweight contender Al Costa to mob boss Florini fight promoter Knobby Walsh recruits small town boy Joe Palooka to take his place. First in the series.

Campeón sin corona(1946)

1h 51min | Action, Drama
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A young ice cream vendor, Roberto Terranova, witnesses a child being beaten and comes to his aid by physically overpowering the aggressor. His strength and natural ability catches the eye of a well-known boxing trainer. Considering him a diamond in the rough, he aims to put Roberto in the professional ring. But Roberto finds that his personal challenges must be overcome before he can achieve professional greatness.


1h 8min | Drama
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Joe O'Hara finds out he has a damaged optic nerve just before a boxing match for the title. He needs the money badly, so he doesn't delay the fight. The opponent discovers Joe's weakness and pounds on his eyes, causing him to go blind.

Directed by Frank McDonald

The Screwball(1943)

| 7min | Animation
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

It's the day of the big baseball game between the Drips and the Droops and Woody Woodpecker is trying to crash the gate and get in without paying for a ticket. A policeman keeps tossing him out but Woody puts on a baseball uniform---including a baseball-cap, since baseball players do not wear hats---gets inside and soon gets involved with the game. He ends up pinned to the scoreboard by a deluge of baseballs thrown by everybody in the ballpark.

Directed by Alex Lovy
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