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The Sport Parade

The Sport Parade(1932)

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After graduating from Dartmouth University, sports heroes Sandy Brown and Johnny Baker, whose winning athletic collaboration has brought them national fame, pursue different career paths. Tempted by the promises of fast-talking promoter "Shifty" Morrison, Sandy embarks on a "personal appearance" tour, while the more stable Johnny takes a job as a sports reporter for a New York newspaper. When Sandy's tour flops, he joins a professional football team but, after refusing to throw a game, quits in disgust. Unable to find work, a despondent Sandy spends his last dollars to buy a ticket to a Yale-Dartmouth football game. There he runs into Johnny, who, deducing his friend's situation, suggests that they write a column together called "Baker to Brown." Sandy accepts Johnny's offer and, while writing his half of the column, pursues a romance with newspaper illustrator Irene Stewart. At a six-day bicycle race, Johnny, who has just proposed unsuccessfully to Irene, discovers her kissing Sandy, who does not know of Johnny's feelings. Johnny then slugs Sandy and accuses him of betrayal. To prove his loyalty, Sandy quits the newspaper and returns to Morrison, who is working as a professional wrestling manager. Using his alma mater to promote himself, Sandy earns quick notoriety as a wrestler, but the legitimacy of his victories is questioned by Johnny and the press. Sure of Sandy's integrity, Irene bets Johnny a marriage license that Sandy will win an upcoming championship bout, unaware that he has already agreed to throw the match. When Irene visits him before the match and confesses her love, however, Sandy determines to defy Morrison and win. In spite of his opponent's superior size and strength, Sandy eventually defeats him and wins not only the title, but Johnny's renewed respect as well.