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Release Date:
4 May 1934 (USA) See more »
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The trials and tribulations in a private, snobbish girls school. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Frances Dee ... Virginia Radcliff

Billie Burke ... Mrs. Helen Crawford Radcliff

Ginger Rogers ... Cecilia 'Pony' Ferris

Bruce Cabot ... Ralph McFarland - intern

John Halliday ... Mr. Frank S. Radcliff

Beulah Bondi ... Miss Van Alstyne
Sara Haden ... Miss Fisher
Helen Freeman ... Dr. Hewitt
Marjorie Lytell ... Ruth Wallace
Adalyn Doyle ... Madeleine 'Maggy' Kelly

Anne Shirley ... Billie (as Dawn O'Day)
Irene Franklin ... Aunt Jessica - Pretender
Ann Cameron ... Miss Schmidt
Rose Coghlan ... Miss Edith Garland
Caroline Rankin ... Miss Weber
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Armstrong ... Edith, the Maid (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Joan Barclay ... Student (uncredited)

Jane Darwell ... Maude - interns' receptionist (uncredited)
Arnold Gray ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Evelyn - Mrs Radcliff's maid (uncredited)
John David Horsley ... Interne (uncredited)
Claire Meyers ... Student (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... A Drunk (uncredited)
Susanne Thompson ... Student (uncredited)
Edith Vale ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
George Nichols Jr.  (as George Nicholls Jr.)
Wanda Tuchock 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Katherine Clugston  play "These Days" (uncredited)
Laird Doyle 
David Hempstead  story
Wanda Tuchock 
Louis Weitzenkorn  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt 
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino  (as Al D'Agostino)
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Killy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special photographic effects
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director
Murray Spivack .... music recordist (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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73 min
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Mono (RCA Victor System)
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The date written on Virginia's application form at the beginning of the film is September 11, 1933.See more »
Quotes:
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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"Virginia's Gonna get Fried!", 26 July 2014
Author: LeonLouisRicci from United States

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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