Rare Sports Films

Time For Football

Before NFL Films was born in the sixties, a national TV show “Time For Football” covered all the NFL highlights each week throughout the fall. Each weekly Black & White TV show ran almost a half hour and was narrated by Jim Leaming. Here is the final show from the 1957 season games of Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15. All players listed below are named in the narrative, with many others shown also.

  • Lew Carpenter scores winning TD in front of over 54,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, as Eastern Champ Browns beat Giants in see-saw game, 34-28. Brother Preston Carpenter also scores TD in big win, with rookie Jim Brown and Lou Groza (2 FG’s) also adding scores.
  • L.A. Rams become first NFL club to draw over 1 million fans in one season as Coach Sid Gilman’s Rams knock Baltimore Colts out of title picture at the Coliseum. Great shots of Norm Van Brocklin, Jon Arnett, Weeb Eubank, Unitas, Ameche and Lenny Moore. Van Brocklin tosses four TD passes in 37-21 win!
  • Redskin kicker Sam Baker’s 12-yd TD run on Washington’s fake 4th qtr FG attempt is game-winning play in close 10-3 tribal victory over Pittsburgh Steelers at old Griffith Stadium.
  • Despite Ed Brown to Bobby Watkins TD pass and two George Blanda FG’s for Bears, Lions remain tied for Western Conference lead with three TD’s in second half rally to pull out crucial 21-13 victory over Bears at Wrigley Field, Chicago. Tobin Rote, Hopalong Cassady, Dave Middleton and John Henry Johnson.
  • Woodley Lewis scores three Cardinal TD’s including game-winner in back and forth Chicago-Philadelphia battle at old Connie Mack Stadium. QB Bobby Thomason scores TD and throws for two more, while Bobby Walston kicks two FG’s in topsey-turvey 31-27 Eagle home loss.
  • Joe Perry is the hero of the game with two second half TD’s as 49’ers score all 17 points after intermission in 27-20 win over rookie QB Bart Starr and Green Bay Packers at Kezar Stadium. Gordie Soltau kicks 2 FG’s.


The second part of this DVD is the 1957 NFL Highlight film, also narrated by TV sportscaster Jim Leaming. Each team in the NFL is covered in order of the final standings, from bottom to top. Shown is a re-cap of each team’s BEST game of the season. Here’s a listing of the games shown in order:

 3     9 Cardinals 44 Redskins 14 at Griffith Stadium, Washington
 3     9 Packers 21 Bears 17 at new City Stadium, Green Bay
 4     8 Eagles 17 Browns 7 at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia
 5     7 Bears 34 Rams 26 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
 5     6     1 Redskins 31 Giants 14 at Yankee Stadium, New York
 6     6 Rams 37 49’ers 24 at the Coliseum, Los Angeles
 6     6 Steelers 28 Redskins 7 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
 7     5 Colts 27 49’ers 21 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
 7     5 Giants 35 Steelers 0 at Yankee Stadium, New York
 8     4 Lions 31 Colts 27 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
 9     2     1 Browns 45 Rams 31 at Municipal Stadium, Cleveland
 8     4 49’ers 35 Lions 31 at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco
To get these rare films, now both on one 52-minute DVD, send $29.95 + $5.00 S & H to:
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