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The Bob Mathias Story (1954)

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80 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

California school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. The film begins with him as a 17-year-old schoolboy in Tulare, California ...See moreCalifornia school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. The film begins with him as a 17-year-old schoolboy in Tulare, California where his high school track coach, played by Ward Bond, encourages him to train for the Olympics, with the Dacathlon in mind. His story, far from over, ends here with his victory in the 1952 Olympics and with Mathias in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Melba, play themselves in one of the few movie bios that doesn't play fast and loose with the facts, especially in a bio with the subject playing himself. Written by Les Adams See less
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Updated Oct 24, 1954

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Oct 24, 1954 (United States)

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Bob Mathias
Bob Mathias Bob Mathias   See fewer
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Ward Bond
Coach Virgil Jackson Coach Virgil Jackson   See fewer
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Melba Mathias
Melba Mathias Melba Mathias   See fewer
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Howard Petrie
Dr. Charles Mathias Dr. Charles Mathias   See fewer
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Ann Doran
Mrs. Lillian Mathias Mrs. Lillian Mathias   See fewer
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Diane Jergens
Pat Mathias Pat Mathias   See fewer
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Paul Bryar
Bill Andrews Bill Andrews   See fewer
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Milton Campbell
Milton Campbell, USA Shotputter (uncredited) Milton Campbell, USA Shotputter (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Conrad
Narrator (voice) (uncredited) Narrator (voice) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Gifford
Frank Gifford, Stanford vs. USC game (archive footage) (uncredited) Frank Gifford, Stanford vs. USC game (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Hanlon
Football Game Announcer (uncredited) Football Game Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Harris
1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited) 1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jonathan Hole
Olympics Reporter (uncredited) Olympics Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Lauter
Irving Mondschein (uncredited) Irving Mondschein (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sammy Lee
Sammy Lee - Olympic Diving Champion (archive footage) (uncredited) Sammy Lee - Olympic Diving Champion (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pat McCormick
Pat McCormick, Olympics Women's Diving Champion (uncredited) Pat McCormick, Olympics Women's Diving Champion (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harold Miller
1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited) 1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hans Moebus
1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited) 1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Nichols
Stanford Football Player (uncredited) Stanford Football Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paavo Nurmi
Paavo Nurmi - Olympic Distance Runner (archive footage) (uncredited) Paavo Nurmi - Olympic Distance Runner (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Pickard
1948 Olympics Reporter (uncredited) 1948 Olympics Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alan Reynolds
Olympics Reporter (uncredited) Olympics Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cosmo Sardo
1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited) 1948 Olympics Spectator (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Tannen
Olympics Reporter (uncredited) Olympics Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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6 / 10 | 98 votes