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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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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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: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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Soundtrack:
Virginia's Gonna Get FriedSee more »

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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
not terribly enjoyable, 22 April 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

A great cast can't help this dated look at "Finishing School," from 1934. I decided to watch it based on the presence of Frances Dee and Ginger Rogers, both of whom are always delightful. They are here, too.

Francis Dee plays a young woman, Virginia, who is sent to finishing school at the behest of her shallow mother (Billie Burke). She is turned over to the head of the school (Beulah Bondi) and given a set of rules. When she meets her roommate (Rogers) and her roommate's wild crowd, she discovers that the only one paying attention to rules is her. She agrees to go away for a weekend with Rogers, friends, and Rogers' aunt (an actress playing a role). Then it's a wild time in the city, especially when Virginia meets Dr. Ralph McFarland, who works as a waiter (read: unacceptable job) while doing his internship. They fall in love, but the upper crust at the school, only interested in appearances, attempt to break them up. Alas, it's a little too late for that. And you really have to be sharp to figure out why! I'd like to think this sort of thing has gone out of style, but I have a nagging feeling that it hasn't. Can there really still be places that teach one the difference between a tea and a reception, and how many calling cards to leave when people are not at home? Well, they still do have débutante balls, so maybe there are - but let's face it, "coming out" parties have a new meaning today. We do know that there is still a lot of shallowness in the world, so perhaps "Finishing School" isn't so dated after all.

Bruce Cabot is enjoyable and good-looking as Virginia's suitor, and there is a nice performance from Anne Shirley, who wants to fit in with the older set. Rogers stands out as usual in her supporting role and keeps the pace going. Dee was so pretty and natural, it's a shame she left movies, but hey, I would have done that - and more - for Joel McCrea.

Interesting for the cast and as a look at an upper class woman's responsibilities back in the '30s.

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