$1,000 a Touchdown

$1,000 a Touchdown
$1,000 a Touchdown poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames P. Hogan
Produced byWilliam C. Thomas
Screenplay byDelmer Daves
StarringJoe E. Brown
Martha Raye
Eric Blore
Susan Hayward
John Hartley
Joyce Mathews
Music byCharles Bradshaw
John Leipold
Leo Shuken
CinematographyWilliam C. Mellor
Edited byChandler House
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 4, 1939 (1939-10-04)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

$1,000 a Touchdown is a 1939 American comedy film directed by James P. Hogan, written by Delmer Daves, and starring Joe E. Brown, Martha Raye, Eric Blore, Susan Hayward, John Hartley and Joyce Mathews. It was released on October 4, 1939, by Paramount Pictures.[1]




Frank Nugent of The New York Times said, "Paramount must have been carried away when it finally succeeded in bringing Joe E. Brown and Martha Raye (and their mouths) together in a comedy. Only it wasn't carried far enough away. $1,000 a Touchdown, played at the Criterion yesterday, is a painfully witless football farce of almost fantastic unoriginality. There is even a scene in which Eric Blore turns to Mr. Brown and says, "Now I leave you to Morpheus." (That wasn't a take-em, folks: it was Joe Miller clutching Mr. Brown's shoulder). It ends with Joe E. scoring the last-second touchdown by being thrown over the goal posts. They threw the wrong man: Delmer Daves, who wrote it, would be our choice—and we'd insist on a field goal."[2]


  1. ^ "$1,000 a Touchdown (1939) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  2. ^ Nugent, Frank S. (1939-10-05). "Movie Review - 1 000 a Touchdown - THE SCREEN". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-07-08.

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