The Gladiator (1938)

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A man returns to college and is talked into joining he football team and is a real joke on the team, until he is given a drug that gives him super strength.

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9 September 2005 | hiebert
| Don't expect the novel
This is a 16 mm movie made nine years after the book came out. For people interested in seeing an adaptation of Wylie's novel, you're in for a disappointment. Aside from the character's name, there is practically no relationship between the two stories. This slapstick comedy carries none of the weight found in Wylie's novel of the same name.

Joe E. Brown's brand of humor irritated the heck out of me. There were several scenes manufactured simply to allow him to use funny voices. The results were embarrassingly not funny.

The climax scene between Hugo and Man Mountain Dean was contrived to the point of being forced into the plot.

If you're curious, go for it. If you're a completest of this title (like me) go for it. If you think you're getting an adaptation of Wylie's novel...pass.

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Comedy | Fantasy

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