Making the Varsity (1928)

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Real-life gridiron star Jeff Cravath was the technical advisor for the fair-to-middling campus picture Making the Varsity. In a reversal of the usual situation, upper classman Ed Ellsworth (Rex Lease) lives in the shadow of his younger brother, football hero Wally Ellsworth (Arthur Rankin). As Wally is the weak-willed sort, thus he's willing to throw the Big Game for a substantial amount of money. Upon finding this out, Ed is forced to knock some sense into his kid brother. The gridiron finale is mostly comprised of newsreel footage culled from genuine collegiate games.

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brother, college, competition, football, rival, sibling, sports