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Frank Gifford with James Garner of "Darby's Rangers"

Frank Gifford, right, a standout at USC before graduating to prominence with the New York Giants, joshes with James Garner, left, on the set of "Darby's Rangers" in 1957. They're joined by Col. Roy Murray, a technical advisor on the film. With pro football's popularity on the rise, Gifford helped blaze a trail for athletes going from the gridiron to the screen. Associated Press