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College Holiday (1936)

 -  Comedy  -  19 December 1936 (USA)
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Expecting to put on a musical show, singing and dancing college students are brought to a struggling hotel to be guinea pigs in an ancient Greek-themed eugenics experiment.

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Daisy Schloggenheimer
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Stage Hand
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Sylvia Smith
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Dick Winters
Eleanore Whitney ...
Eleanore Wayne
Johnny Downs ...
Etienne Girardot ...
Prof. Hercules Dove
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Felice L'Hommedieu
Louis Da Pron ...
Barry Taylor
Jed Prouty ...
Sheriff John J. Trimble
Margaret Seddon ...
Mrs. Schloggenheimer
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Storyline

Sylvia Smith and Dick Winters share a romantic kiss at a dance, but Sylvia is called away before Dick can learn her full name. Sylvia's father is about to lose his California hotel, the Casa Del Mar, thanks to the financial blundering of his new business partner J. Davis Bowster. The mortgage is held by eccentric heiress Carola P. Gaye, whose current fascination is with the ancient Greek-style eugenics championed by Prof. Hercules Dove. Carola plans to use the hotel as the center of her "Body Beauteous" selective mating program. Looking to raise funds with a collegiate musical show, Bowster gathers talent under the pretense of recruiting good-looking young people for Carola's eugenics experiment. Among the group are Dick Winters (still searching for his mystery girl) and Daisy Schloggenheimer (taught to resist male attention with physical force). Under strict orders to prevent any romance between the "guinea pigs", Bowster has great difficulty keeping the boys and the girls away from ... Written by Jimmy L.

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19 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Alegria a Solta  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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This film uses the name "Santa Teresa" for a thinly veiled "fictional" version of Santa Barbara, where the hotel exteriors were shot. Beginning in the 1980's, writer Sue Grafton would set her popular Kinsey Millhone mystery novels in "Santa Teresa," also a thinly veiled fictional version of Santa Barbara. See more »

Goofs

In Miss Gaye's car, Bowster is clasping his toga closed at his breast with his left hand in practically all of the close-ups. In long shots, his hand's in his lap. See more »

Quotes

J. Davis Bowster: I hope I come up to your expectations.
Calliope 'Gracie' Dove: Oh yes, on account of I'm not expecting too much.
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Who's That Knocking at My Heart?
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Music by Burton Lane
Performed by Martha Raye
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Kitchen Sink Musical
29 June 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Paramount seems to toss every minor comedy actor they had -- some would become major stars, but not from this -- into this poorly written potboiler of a college musical in which no time is spent on campus and the whole thing ends with a minstrel show in a eugenics lab.

There's little cohesion in this work and while you may enjoy individual comedy bits -- Burns & Allen driving a chariot while doing their act certainly amused me -- it looks like the sort of thing that some one started working on the script and by the time director Frank Tuttle got it shot, all the cast were making it up as they went along. The music is good and a couple of the numbers are well presented -- I'm impressed by the eccentric choreography that Leroy Prinz did for Johnny Downs and Eleanore Whitney in "Just a Rhyme for Love"; however, even though everyone does his job competently, in front of and behind the camera, the crazy-quilt construction of this film renders this only intermittently amusing.


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