Finishing School (1934)

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


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

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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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Filmed partially on location at Jewett Estate, 1145 Arden Road, Pasadena, California. See more »


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 »


Silent Night
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Played by church bells on Christmas Eve
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"Virginia's Gonna get Fried!"
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was Made just a Heartbeat away from the Full Implementation of the Hays Code and it Confronts a Virginal, Pre-Marital Reproductive Concern that would be Totally Absent in just a Year and would be Virtually Gone from Cinema for Decades.

The Third Act is Unimpeded by the Code and Francis Dee's "Situation" is a Result of Her Affair with Bruce Cabot . But that is Only One Facet of the Depression Era Societal Philosophies in this Dram-Com. The Income Inequality and Pompous Personalities of the Ruling Class Elite is Central to this Fine Film.

Ginger Rogers Peppy Character Pony (wanna go for a ride?) is a Welcome Upbeat Relief from the Drama as the Movie is Brutal in its Display of Parental Disconnect and the Regimental and Stifling "Finishing" of Upper Crust Debutaunts. Their Hypocrisy and Hubris are Picked Apart and Pounced Upon in this Scathing Dismantling of the Heartless 1%.

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