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Old Man Rhythm (1935)

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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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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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Several of the collegiates are played by the scions of silent stars including Erich von Sttroheim, Jr., Carlyle Blackwell, Jr., Bryant Washburn, Jr., and Claude Gillingwater, Jr. See more »

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Boys Will Be Boys
Music by Lewis E. Gensler
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Betty Grable, Evelyn Poe, Joy Hodges, others
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Betty Grable Shines in Fun and Silly College Musical
20 October 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In which a dad enrolls in college when he learns his son has become infatuated with a blonde (dad prefers a different gal for junior). Dad is soon strolling around campus in freshman beanie and getting into trouble for walking on the sophomore pathway. When he sees that sonny is set on sticking with the blonde, he gets advised from a fellow student in the know - she's a gold-digger. So - dad pretends his business is going bust to get the gold-digger to leave his son alone!

This film is a bit of fluff, mainly held together by some really good musical numbers. The opening scene features a train ride to college, full of the students singing a very catchy tune - I particularly enjoyed this number. Best of all - one of the students is played by a very young and beautiful Betty Grable who sings, tap dances on pointe, and charms her way across the screen to coming super-stardom - every time she is on screen she is all you can look at! The story in this isn't the greatest, and Buddy Rogers (who I love in silent films) is a bit of a dud here, though still pretty handsome to look at - he even sings (or is dubbed, I'm not sure) a rather lackluster number himself. Enjoyable, light fare.


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