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Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Colts
“Prelude To A Championship”

     The 1964 NFL Championship Game, plus "Prelude To A Championship" are two vintage pro football films now both on one 53-minute video for nostalgic viewing!

     The Cleveland Browns added some variety to their attack in 1964 and won their first conference title since 1957 and first World Championship since 1955. Of course, fabulous fullback Jimmy Brown was still at the top of his game, but Ernie Green also gave him some ball-carrying help. However for the first time in years, the Browns also had an effective passing game, with quarterback Frank Ryan throwing to tall TE Gary Collins and outstanding rookie Paul Warfield. Led by tackle Dick Schafrath, the offensive line both cleared the way for runners and protected Ryan with great success all season, but especially in the championship game. The only real weakness of the club was pass defense, but in the title game even it was outstanding. Newly acquired Dick Modzelewski (from the Giants) helped make the '64 line very tough against the run.

     First you'll see "Prelude To A Championship", a compilation of B & W sports news clips on the Browns preparations during the week before the title game. Included is never-before-seen footage of the Browns on the practice field and in the locker room, plus interviews and sportswriter commentary. Here's what's included:

*  Defensive tackle Dick Modzelewski and young son visit Santa Claus during the week before the game. Guess what Dick wants for Christmas!
*  Sportswriter Chuck Heaton of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews the '64 Browns season, discusses the upcoming championship game and talks about how well the '64 club stacks up against past Browns championship teams.
*  Browns last practice. Jim Brown comes off the practice field and discuses the season and the upcoming game Sunday against the heavily favored Colts.
*  Players stream into the clubhouse after practice (no interviews, just live sound). Behind-the-scenes!
*  Browns play-by-play broadcaster Ken Coleman interviews veteran kicker Lou Groza.
*  Film session with Browns coaches, and Ken Coleman interview with head coach Blanton Collier, who gives a detailed rundown on the Baltimore Colts.
*  Film from Baltimore, with head coach Don Shula talking about the Browns, their personnel and his thoughts on the upcoming game at Municipal Stadium.
*  Walter Beach is interviewed by Jim Brown and gives his comments on the best receivers in the league and going up against Raymond Berry on Sunday.
*  Jim Brown interviews quarterback Frank Ryan.
*  Ken Coleman has a final thought, then empty Cleveland Stadium awaits the game Sunday!

     Of course, the championship game itself is the payoff and this film is in beautiful COLOR! Narrated by Chris Schenkel, this film shows all the big plays and tells the story of the game. The turning points of the game are all described and dissected with the help of "super slow-motion" photography. Many plays are shown several times, each from a different angle. This historic film shows why the Browns, who were heavy 8-10 point underdogs going into the game, were able to beat the Colts.

     All the great stars on both teams are shown in color: Jimmy Brown, Gary Collins, Paul Warfield, Dick Modzelewski, Frank Ryan, Lou Groza, Walt Roberts, Johnny Brewer, Charlie Scales, Vince Costello, Galen Fiss, Walter Beach, Bernie Parrish, Larry Benz, Jim Kanicki, Paul Wiggin, Bill Glass, Gene Hickerson, Dick Schafrath and others. You'll also see Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, Jimmy Orr, Lenny Moore, Jerry Hill, Joe Don Looney, Tony Lorick, Lenny Lyles, Willie Richardson, John Mackey, Jim Parker, Bill Pellington, Don Schinnick, Steve Stonebreaker, Bobby Boyd, Billy Ray Smith, Lou Michaels, Ordell Braase and many others, including Geno Marchetti, playing in his last pro game.

     Now you can get your own copy of this rare and fascinating film for only $29.95 plus $5 shipping. (Illinois residents must add $2 sales tax).

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