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Directed byFrancis D. Lyon
Written byHall Bartlett
Based onLife of Elroy Hirsch
Produced byHall Bartlett
StarringElroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch
Lloyd Nolan
Joan Vohs
CinematographyVirgil Miller
Edited byCotton Warburton
Music byLeith Stevens
Hall Bartlett Productions
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • November 15, 1953 (1953-11-15) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Crazylegs is a 1953 film about Elroy Hirsch's football career. In college (University of Wisconsin and University of Michigan) his unconventional dynamic running style allowed him to change directions in a multitude of ways. The media dubbed him "Crazylegs". The name stuck all through his professional career and life. The bulk of this film is centered on his college days. Crazylegs later became part of the foundation of the "Three End" with the LA Rams. This film captures the genuine quality of Hirsch’s personality, with Hirsch playing himself in the part.

The film premiered in Wausau, Wisconsin, Hirsch's hometown. Cotton Warburton's editing was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.


Elroy Hirsch's life is told from his days in a school in Wisconsin and then at the University of Wisconsin where he already excelled in sports. After military service, Elroy becomes a professional athlete and earns the nickname of Crazylegs, by which he became known internationally. An injury almost ends of his career, but in a typical case of personal overcoming, he achieves a triumphant return.


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