Nancy Thorne, 1952's Tournament of Roses queen, makes an extended guest appearances in this Monogram "special." In her first important film role, Vera Miles plays Denny Burke, one of Thorne's attendants, whom stuck-up football hero Steve Davis (Marshall Thompson) mistakes for an heiress. Upon meeting Denny's blue-collar family and learning the truth, Davis is briefly set aback. Eventually it dawns on him that he's been behaving like an insufferable snob -- and he almost instantly turns into a "regular guy" and all-around good fellow. Beyond the promotional value of its Rose Bowl setting and authentic color footage of the Tournament of Roses Parade, The Rose Bowl Story is at base an endearingly old-fashioned college football yarn; all that's missing is Pat O'Brien.
by Hal Erickson synopsis