WARNER ARCHIVE: Joe E. Brown - Eleven Men and a Girl (1930)

In Elmer the Great and two more baseball-themed hits, fan and former semi-pro player Joe E. Brown wound up and pitched winning comedy. In Eleven Men and a Girl, he swaps horsehide for pigskin and – surrounded by the 1929 All-American football team, who make the lithe Brown look like a greyhound at a Rottweiler convention – scores more big laughs.

Directed with plenty of gridiron action by William A. Wellman (Wings), the story concerns a college with a losing team, until the college president’s daughter (Joan Bennett) whips off her glasses and va-va-vooms 11 football heroes into choosing a new alma mater.


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