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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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This movie was placed on the Catholic Church's "condemned" film list in 1934.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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Francis Dee Shines In A Drama With Something To Say, 19 July 2014
Author: atlasmb from United States

The first indication that "Finishing School" is worth watching is that the Catholic church placed the film on its condemned list for 1934. But it has so much more than that to recommend it.

The star of the film is Francis Dee, who plays Virginia Radcliff, the teenage daughter of rich parents who send her off to get educated in the finer aspects of life. The mother--played by Billie Burke--seems to have little use for the daughter and is quite happy to "drop her on the doorstep" and retire to her social agenda.

Crockett Hall is an exclusive girls school where exclusivity implies a lack of racial diversity and an emphasis on blueblood backgrounds. At first the school seems like a backdrop for a film comedy about coming of age and the harmless hijinks of young women. But Virginia soon learns that Crockett is little more than a prison where the ridiculous rules of etiquette are but a small part of the personality engineering to which the girls are subjected.

Virginia forges quality relationships with a small clique, including "Pony" Ferris, played by Ginger Rogers. Being a fan of Ms. Rogers, I was pleased to find that by this time in her career she is a fully-formed, competent actress.

As the harsh headmistress, Miss Van Alstyne (played by Beulah Bondi), cracks down on the indiscretions of Virginia--especially the indiscretion of being "too different"--and we find that this teen comedy has morphed into a significant drama. Francis Dee is more than up to the challenge with her convincing portrayal of a woman who is fighting for her sanity and her life. Indeed, she raises Virginia to the level of heroine.

"Finishing School" is a stylish film with great acting. It deals with sophisticated issues and gives the viewer an emotional journey.

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