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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)
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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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This movie was placed on the Catholic Church's "condemned" film list in 1934.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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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Just Another Teen Movie, 25 June 2007
Author: Maliejandra Kay (Maleejandra@yahoo.com) from United States

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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