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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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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
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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 ...
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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The tuition fee for Crockett hall is $6,000 per year as stated at the beginning of the film. That amount would equate to over $111,000 in 2017. See more »

Quotes

Billie: Would you loan me one of your brassieres?
Pony: What for?
Billie: Well you see, I haven't got one and I thought seeing as it's Christmas and everything, and I'm going on a house party and, well, when the maid unpacks my bag and finds I haven't got one, how do you think I'm going to feel?
Pony: It's like putting a saddle on a pekingese but here it is.
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Opening credits: Listed as the last of the cast credits is And the Snob Played by CROCKETT HALL See more »


Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont (as J.S. Pierpont) (1857)
Sung a cappella by Frances Dee
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Putting Out A Finished Product...
7 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As one of the 'BIG FIVE' RKO had to have a constant stream of pictures to meet the demands of their theaters. Typically output was about fifty-plus (50+) features a year and with the Great Depression budgets had to be kept tight. You cannot afford many KING KONG's each year so Executive Producer Merian C. Cooper kept most budgets to $100,000.00 or less. This kept the studio profitable and the staff busy and employed.

FINISHING SCHOOL (1934) is filled with the current stock company of RKO. The story is of a idealistic and naive young women VIRGINIA RADCLIFF (Frances Dee) who goes to her Mother's (Billie Burke) 'Finishing School' and has her eyes opened up. The students led by CECELIA 'Pony' FERRIS (Ginger Rogers) spend most of their time dodging the rules. Principal MISS VAN ALYSTYNE (Beulah Bondi) and teachers like MISS FISHER (Sara Haden) are mainly interested in the appearances of propriety not the substance. Fortunetly VIRGINIA becomes aware of the hypocrisy and with the love of RALPH McFARLAND (Bruce Cabot) and the support of her Father MR. RADCLIFF (John Halliday) breaks free from the School and it's influences. One of those left behind is BILLIE (Dawn O'Day) who four (4) films later will become ANNE SHIRLEY!

Least you think institutions like FINISHING SCHOOL no longer exist, guess again. Just GOOGLE and you will find extensive listing of such schools. Though judging from their 21st Century curriculum's they appear have more substance then just how to serve Tea.


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