The Winning Stroke (1919)

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The only surprise in putting athletic actor George Walsh in a college picture is that it took his studio, Fox, so long to do it. Buck Simmons (Walsh) is a star athlete on Yale's rowing team. He has gained the animosity of Paul Browning (John Leslie) who is out to get him in any way possible. Nothing sticks until Buck is lured to a notorious roadhouse the night before the big Yale-Harvard match. He goes there in order to save Aida Courtlandt (Jane McAlpine), the girl he loves. But he can't explain away his being there without compromising Aida's name, so he loses his place as stroke oar. Aida, however, comes through and gets him reinstated. Just in the nick of time he jumps in the boat. It's a close race, but as things get real tight between the two teams, Buck pulls ahead and wins the match -- and, of course, the girl.

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boating, fixed [corruption], racer, boatman, competition, gambling, jealousy, rival