H. H. Van Loan, a specialist in sports yarns (he scripted the first feature-length baseball movie, 1914's Little Sunset), penned the story upon which The Kick-Off was based. George Walsh, whose impressive physique made up for his shortcomings as an actor, stars as farm boy Tom Stephens. When he enrolls in a big-city college, Tom is the object of everyone's ridicule-everyone, that is, except campus sweetie Marilyn Spencer (Leila Hyams). The worm turns when Tom wins the big football game, despite the chicanery of his chief rival. Fraternal note: George Walsh was the brother of director Raoul Walsh, while Wesley Ruggles, director of The Kick-Off, was the brother of actor Charlie Ruggles.
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