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Finishing School (1934)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frances Dee ...
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Mrs. Helen Crawford Radcliff
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Cecilia 'Pony' Ferris
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Ralph McFarland - intern
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Mr. Frank S. Radcliff
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Miss Van Alstyne
Sara Haden ...
Miss Fisher
Helen Freeman ...
Dr. Hewitt
Marjorie Lytell ...
Ruth Wallace
Adalyn Doyle ...
Madeleine 'Maggy' Kelly
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Billie (as Dawn O'Day)
Irene Franklin ...
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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Release Date:

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

This movie was placed on the Catholic Church's "condemned" film list in 1934. 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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The characters "Mr. Radcliff" and "Mrs. Radcliff" are listed as "Mr. Radcliffe" and Mrs. Radcliffe" in the credits. See more »


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Never Hit Your Grandma with a Shovel
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Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers
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Just Another Teen Movie
25 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Helen Radcliff (Billie Burke) wants her daughter to attend the same finishing school that she did when she was young, so Virginia (Frances Dee) packs her bags and enters a new life of refinement. Miss Van Alstyne (Beulah Bondi) is a no-nonsense kind of a woman who briefs Virginia on the rules of the school and warns her not to step outside of the lines. Virginia agrees, but she never reckoned on having Cecilia (Ginger Rogers) for a room mate. Cecilia makes it impossible not to break the rules, and Virginia takes the heat for it. It doesn't help that Virginia falls for a poor medical school student (Bruce Cabot).

This film starts out strong and ends strong, but the middle leaves a little to be desired. However, this is pure entertainment and escapism, just like the teen movies of modern times. There isn't a whole lot that is shocking about this film except the ending which is the reason why the film was condemned by the Catholic Church. By today's standards, it is nothing, and the twist is so ambiguous that a trained pre-code fan might be the only one that understands it.


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