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A businessman enrolls as a college freshman in order to break up his son's relationship with a gold-digger.

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George Barbier ...
John Roberts Sr
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Edith Warren
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Marion Beecher
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Pinky Parker
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Evelyn Poe ...
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Storyline

Rich John Roberts, Jr. gets reports that his son, Johnny, is falling for a gold digging blonde at college. So he enrolls as a freshman to try to steer Johnny towards the girl he'd like him to marry. He hits upon the idea to have the blonde believe he lost his business, by writing a letter instructing his partner to wire him that his business went broke. But he gives the letter to a school official who forgets to mail it. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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2 August 1935 (USA)  »

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Papa's in the Cradle  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

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Old Man Rhythm
Music by Lewis E. Gensler
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Grace Bradley, Betty Grable, others
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Mild RKO Diversion with Some Nice Tunes
12 December 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

This is a small and harmless RKO musical galvanized by some tuneful (though unmemorable) songs and rhythmic dances. It is mostly set on campus and captures the youthful zest of its largely unknown players, including Betty Grable, Lucille Ball, George Barbier, Charles Rogers, Barbara Kent, Johnny Mercer, Eric Blore, John Arledge and Sonny Lamont.

For one thing, it is great to watch a very young Betty Grable with her exuberant dancing and carefree enthusiasm before stardom. This is one of her earliest movies I've seen along with 1938's "College Swing"(also a campus musical). George Barbier as the rich and overprotective father who enrolls in college to watch for his son's social life is cool especially in the "Old Man Rhythm" number. Sonny Lamont is amusing as the heavy-set college boy who does some back flips and acrobats.

The song that opens the movie, set on the train where all the college students are singing and dancing is quite catchy. But my favorite numbers are "What Would You Suggest?" and "When You Are in My Arms".


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