1934's "Girl O' My Dreams" was among Monogram's entries in the 'campus musical' genre, so popular in the 30s and 40s, best exemplified by Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, or later Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan. While much of the cast are familiar to their roles, its truly a revelation to find 28 year old Lon Chaney Jr. in what amounts to the starring role, billed for the last time under his real name, 'Creighton Chaney.' As Don Cooper, star shot putter and discus thrower for Rawley College, Chaney beats out hotshot track star Larry Haines (Eddie Nugent) for the title of 'Joe Senior,' after which he suddenly begins to act more like Haines in his girl chasing, neglecting his athletics. Will Rawley still triumph over Stanford in the thrilling competition finale? Need you ask? Sure comic performers like Sterling Holloway, Arthur Lake, and Tom Dugan do not disappoint, though the girls (apart from the Crane twins, Beverly and Betty Mae) are almost invisible. Brunette Gi-Gi Parrish is Chaney's girl, Mary Carlisle the blonde who uses him to make Haines jealous (the twins are called 'Nip and Tuck!'). Best of all, halfway in we get to actually hear Creighton Chaney sing atop a piano, and not badly either. His voice isn't as deep as John Carradine's, but he could have made a 'basso profundo' (this basso sang a song 30 years before "Spider Baby"). Unfortunately, the tune ends abruptly by the untimely arrival of music teacher E. Phlatt (Olaf Hytten). Most incredibly, the director was Raymond McCarey (brother of Leo), and the writer George Waggner, who years later brought Lon Chaney to Universal, scripting and directing his debut for the studio, "Man Made Monster," and producing and directing his iconic classic "The Wolf Man."
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