That's My Boy (1932 film)

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That's My Boy
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Directed by Roy William Neill
Written by Norman Krasna
Francis Wallace
Produced byRoy William Neill
Starring Richard Cromwell
Dorothy Jordan
CinematographyJoseph H. August
Edited byJack Dennis
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • November 13, 1932 (1932-11-13)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

That's My Boy is a 1932 American pre-Code drama film directed by Roy William Neill and starring Richard Cromwell and Dorothy Jordan. [1] [2] John Wayne had a very small uncredited role in the film. [3]



Expecting to become a doctor, Thomas Jefferson Scott enrolls at Thorpe University. A football coach there, "Daisy" Adams, finds out that while small, Tommy is quick and elusive and a natural at the sport. Tommy isn't interested in football, but jumps at the coach's offer of free tuition.

For the next two seasons, Tommy is a star player, nicknamed "Snakehips," and a hero on campus. But he resents that while he's worth a fortune to the college, he has little money and has jeopardized his future in medicine and with fiancee Dorothy by concentrating on football instead. Tommy demands $50,000. A university alumnus, Sedgwick, who is a stockbroker, sets up a holding company in which investors can put their money into Tommy's potential earnings.

Everything goes wrong. Sedgwick's investments are poor, he loses all of the money and commits suicide. Dorothy's father, who dislikes Tommy, tempts him with $50,000 if he will break off their engagement. Tommy thinks it over, then asks for $100,000. The crowd boos Tommy on the football field until the newspapers report that Tommy took the 100 grand and replenished the fund, ensuring everyone's investments. To the fans' cheers, Tommy wins the game for Thorpe, he ends up marrying Dorothy.


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