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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
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 »
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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