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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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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:
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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Putting Out A Finished Product..., 7 January 2010
Author: xerses13 from United States

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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