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Finishing School (1934)

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

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(as George Nicholls Jr.),

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(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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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4 May 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Educande d'America  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Virginia: But if they have those rules, and we're on our honor, I...
Pony: Honor? You're supposed to do exactly as you please in this old ladies home for nice young gals. Just don't get caught, that's all.
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Opening credits: Listed as the last of the cast credits is And the Snob Played by CROCKETT HALL See more »


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Never Hit Your Grandma with a Shovel
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Composer unknown
Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers
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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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