A Night in a Dormitory (1930)

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The adventures of a schoolgirl in a nightclub as related by her to her dormitory sisters.



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Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers
Ruth Hamilton ...
Ruth Hamilton
Thelma White ...
Thelma White
Si Wills ...
Morgan Morly (as Morgan Morly)
Eddie Elkins ...
Eddie Elkins


It's lights out at a young women's dormitory. One of the residents sneaks in late after everyone else has gone to bed. It's because after she and her date left the theater, they decided to extend the evening at the Melody Club. Through flashbacks of the evening, she tells another one of the now awakened girls about their time at the Melody Club. The acts included a Russian troupe performing a comedy routine with a sweet ending, Thelma White doing a song and dance number with a backup chorus of dancers, and the headliner, Ginger Rogers, singing a couple of songs. But she also tells of two men who were at the club having dinner with their dates, and the scam they pulled in trying to stiff the waiter as they had no money to pay their bill. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Musical | Short





Release Date:

5 January 1930 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Dormitory Number
Written by Ben Ryan and Sol Violinsky
Performed by the girls in the opening scene
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where chorus cuties are distracting
16 October 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This was a 1929 short that showcased the talents of Thelma White and Ginger Rogers.

Thelma White's dubious claim to fame was as one of the stars in "Reefer Madness" (a campy drug exploitation movie) but in 1930 she was a singer comedienne. She sings "Give it Everything Now" but she can't compete with the very watchable but disorganized chorus line. Their tapping drowns her out.

Ginger Rogers sings 2 numbers. The forgettable "Why Can't You Love That Way" is sung in a "baby talk" voice, that, (according to a story) she created when she was a teenager in vaudeville. "I Love a Man in a Uniform" is very catchy - but there are those chorus cuties again in the worst costumes I have ever seen. It's like every chorus girl that is giving 100% is standing next to someone who is only giving 10%. And they all seem to be dancing to different routines - still they are irresistible and seem to be enjoying what they are doing. Anyway Ginger, dressed in a cute little dress and cap and carrying a baton, comes through and gives it everything she has. She has a lot of personality.

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