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Finishing School (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 4 May 1934 (USA)
The trials and tribulations in a private, snobbish girls school.


(as George Nicholls Jr.),


(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
The Girl / Virginia Radcliff
Her Mother / Mrs. Helen Crawford Radcliff
Her Pal / Cecilia 'Pony' Ferris
The Boy / Ralph McFarland - intern
Her Father / Mr. Frank S. Radcliff
Her Teacher / Miss Van Alstyne
Her Teacher / Miss Fisher
Helen Freeman ...
Dr. Hewitt
Marjorie Lytell ...
Ruth Wallace
Adalyn Doyle ...
Madeleine 'Maggy' Kelly
Billie (as Dawn O'Day)
Aunt Jessica - Pretender
Ann Cameron ...
Miss Schmidt
Rose Coghlan ...
Miss Edith Garland
Caroline Rankin ...
Miss Weber


Virginia Radcliff, a remarkably unspoiled but naive rich-kid, finds herself at a swank girls' school where everything appears prim and proper, but the motto is essentially "Don't Get Caught." On a surreptitious field trip to the city (engineered by "Pony"), Virginia meets Ralph, a struggling lower/middle-class med student who delivers room service at a hotel at night. They fall in love, much to the outrage of the school's headmistress (Beulah Bondi) and the embarrassment of her otherwise indifferent mother. Written by Chris Holland <cholland@atlantic.net>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Educande d'America  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The date written on Virginia's application form at the beginning of the film is September 11, 1933. See more »


Virginia: Gee, Pony, Mac's a grand person.
Pony: Well, he's gonna be awfully out of place among those Little Lord Fauntleroys they drag in here every Sunday. If you took all the hair off of their combined chests, you wouldn't have enough to make a wig for a grape.
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Crazy Credits

The characters "Mr. Radcliff" and "Mrs. Radcliff" are listed as "Mr. Radcliffe" and Mrs. Radcliffe" in the credits. See more »


Virginia's Gonna Get Fried
(Sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")
Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers and others
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"If you took all the hair off of their combined chests, you wouldn't have enough to make a wig for a grape."
17 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Frances Dee plays a new student at a private girls school who gets into trouble with snooty headmistress Beulah Bondi for dating intern and part-time waiter Bruce Cabot. Dee's beautiful and likable. Cabot's his usual wooden self but he cracks a smile a few times. Ginger Rogers gets the best lines and steals every scene she's in. Anne Shirley's fun as a younger girl who, in one amusing scene, asks Ginger if she can borrow a bra. Interesting little drama that gets better as it goes along. I didn't expect the pregnancy angle, given that this is 1934. Granted it's tame by today's standards but, still, for the time it was pretty risqué.

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