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Joan Simpkins
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Mary Treen ...
Wilson, Sr. (as Joe Cawthorn)
E. Prendergast Biddle
Henry O'Neill ...
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Frank McHugh is a college rowing coach, in a desperate attempt to acquire top rowers for his team, he enlists the assistance of pretty blonde Patricia Ellis to woo young hopefuls away from enrolling in other colleges and coming to Billings College to join the row team. Written by dictracy23

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Laughs -- Cuties and Syncopating Rhythm!


Comedy | Musical


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18 January 1936 (USA)  »

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Rhythm on the River  »

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(Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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Although the onscreen credits list George Ade for "story idea," it was actually based on his play, "The College Widow," which opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 20 September 1904 and closed in May 1905 after 278 performances. The opening night cast included Douglas Wood. See more »


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Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Sung a cappella by Frank McHugh and Mary Treen
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This was nice and funny film.
5 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back in 1936, a musical comedy had certain things. Freshman Love had a scene with professional dancers doing ballroom to a song, and the camera paused on each face as the dancer smiled. It's corny stuff, to be sure, but it is part of the era and part of the reason we like watching these older films.

The nerdy academics vs. dimwitted athletics in only a minor theme, and it fits another plot device: the star athlete -- a boat rower -- is forced to join the high-academic school under a pseudonym because his wealthy father doesn't like schools that have high academic standards for its athletes.

The plot is simple. The coach at the nerdy academic school has to get a decent rowing team or he'll lose his job. The school President's daughter is a college-aged doll, and the coach uses her image, writing letters pretending to be from her, to star rowers to attract them to his school. She doesn't know this, although she does go on personal interviews to attract at least one athlete.

There are a few musical numbers, two or three, and they're nice period material. Music also plays a role in motivating the rowing team. (One of the tunes, the one from the "study hall," I'm still humming.) If you like comedies from this period, you'll have fun with this one. It has some interesting twists and a lot of humorous lines, incidents, and acting.

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