Triple Threat
Directed byJean Yarbrough
Written byJoseph Carole
Don Martin
Produced bySam Katzman
StarringSammy Baugh
Paul Christman
Johnny Clement
Boley Dancewicz
Bill Dudley
Paul Governali
Jack Jacobs
Sid Luckman
Charley Trippi
Steve Van Buren
Bob Waterfield
Richard Crane
Gloria Henry
Harry Wismer
Tom Harmon
Bob Kelley
CinematographyVincent Farrar
Edited byJerome Thoms
Sam Katzman Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 30, 1948 (1948-09-30)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States

Triple Threat is a 1948 American drama sport film directed by Jean Yarbrough, produced by Sam Katzman, and starring Gloria Henry.[1]


College rivals Don Whitney and Joe Nolan clash in the Rose Bowl football game in Pasadena, California, with Don's team victorious. Joe decides to give up football and go to medical school instead, disappointing girlfriend Marian Rutherford, who was hoping Joe would become a rich and famous football hero instead.

Joe does change his mind, joining the Los Angeles Rams, which Joe's mother finds out by watching the Rams' game versus the Green Bay Packers on a television that Whitney has given to Joe's sister Ruth as a gift.

Deliberately injured by Don in a pro football game, Joe is pleased at first when Don is banned from playing in an all-star game. But with the game in progress, Joe has a change of heart and fakes an injury, whereupon Don is permitted to enter the game in his place and score the winning touchdown.



Henry's casting was announced in July 1948.[2]

A number of football players of the era make cameo appearances, including Sammy Baugh, Paul Christman, Sid Luckman, Charley Trippi, Steve Van Buren and Bob Waterfield.[3]


  1. ^ Of Local Origin New York Times 22 July 1948: 26.
  2. ^ Roberts Busy Perusing New Novel by Wolfert Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 14 July 1948: 21.
  3. ^ Rachel and Stranger' Unusual Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 24 Sep 1948: 23.