1940s Sports Movies

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Make Mine Music(1946)

| 1h 15min | Animation, Kids & Family, Music
2.9/5 (with 72 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

The Art of Self Defense(1941)

| 8min | Comedy, Animation
3.1/5 (with 11 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

Knute Rockne All American(1940)

1h 38min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

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

The Art of Skiing(1941)

| 8min | Animation
3.5/5 (with 20 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

Baseball Bugs(1946)

3.4/5 (with 22 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

How to Swim(1942)

| 8min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 13 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

How to Play Football(1944)

| 7min | Animation
3.5/5 (with 12 votes)

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

Directed by Jack Kinney

The Olympic Champ(1942)

| 7min | Comedy, Animation
3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

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

Directed by Jack Kinney

Goofy Gymnastics(1949)

| 6min | Animation, Comedy
3.4/5 (with 13 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

How to Play Baseball(1942)

| 8min | Comedy, Animation
3.4/5 (with 14 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 Stratton Story(1949)

1h 46min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 10 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.

Die Geierwally(1940)

1h 44min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

In the mountains of the Ötztal, the wealthy Fender (Eduard Köck) and Wally (Heath Hatheyer), his only daughter and heir, manage a small farm. He wants to marry the rich, but boring, Vincent (Leopold Esterle). Wally escapes to a mountain hut, where she lives alone and withdrawn. Her love belongs to the hunter, Joseph (Sepp Rist). When she unwisely takes a young vulture from its nest and is attacked by the mother, Joseph comes to her aid and from that point on, she fondly calls him her "Geierwally". He also feels attracted to her, but Wally can't escape the feeling, that the young Afra is his mistress. Mad with jealousy, Wally announces that she'll marry the one who kills Josef. Vincent wants to earn her hand and is determined to kill the Geierwally. Just in time, though, the actual relationship between Joseph and Afra is clarified.

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Double Dribble(1946)

| 7min | Animation
3.1/5 (with 10 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

Rabbit Punch(1948)

3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

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

Directed by Chuck Jones

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.

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.

Gentleman Joe Palooka(1946)

| 1h 12min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

In the second film of Monogram's Joe Palooka series, Joe is 'used', by two state senators scheming to obtain oil-rich lands, in a publicity campaign to get the land transferred to the state, supposedly for a park. When Joe learns that he has been used as a dupe he becomes disillusioned and leaves the prize=fighting profession. But, his manager, sparring partners, and fiancée manage to expose the land-grab scheme, clear Joe's name and discredit the crooked politicians.

Directed by Cy Endfield

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, ...


1h 31min | Drama
1.9/5 (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).

Neptune's Daughter(1949)

3.4/5 (with 7 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.

The Turners of Prospect Road(1947)

1h 28min | Comedy, Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A London cabby finds a greyhound puppy in his cab, and gives it to his daughter. She raises it and trains it up at the race tracks; and in spite of crooked rival owners, the dog eventually wins the Greyhound Derby.

Directed by Maurice J. Wilson - With Wilfrid Lawson


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

Campeón sin corona(1946)

1h 51min | Action, Drama
2.6/5 (with 3 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.

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

Cup-Tie Honeymoon(1948)

1h 33min | Comedy
2.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Joe Butler, a soccer player whose father is the company chairman, is faced with a difficult choice: should he play the championship match on his father's team or should he play it on his school's team. He chooses wisely and finds love and happiness with a secretary.

Directed by John E. Blakeley - With Sandy Powell

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.

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.

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.

Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad(1948)

1h 14min | Comedy, Drama

Joe Palooka goes blind during a fight. An operation restores his vision, but he's told not to fight for a year. His trainer Knobby has picked up another fighter, but gangsters are pressing him to fix fights. Joe decides to risk his eyesight to save Knobby's honor.

Directed by Reginald Le Borg

Triple Threat(1948)

1h 11min

An arrogant college football player turns professional, taking his bad attitude with him.

Directed by Jean Yarbrough - With Gloria Henry
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