Phil is high strung and needs a rest so Nina talks him into going to the Sutter College homecoming. He takes his wife and Glenn, who was another classmate, to have some fun and get a brick ... See full summary »
Phil is high strung and needs a rest so Nina talks him into going to the Sutter College homecoming. He takes his wife and Glenn, who was another classmate, to have some fun and get a brick contract. Old dependable Ellery is running the activities and he has not seen Phil since his college days. Phil is more interested in the brick deal, but he lets loose and has some fun, only to discover that Ellery's wife Susan is still in love with him and wants to be Mrs. Talbot. Written by
Tony Fontana <firstname.lastname@example.org>
WE WENT TO COLLEGE is a surprisingly racy post-code movie about a middle-aged crowd letting their hair down on alumni weekend at their old college. Hugh Herbert is now an underpaid professor while Walter Abel is a prosperous brick seller with old pal Charles Butterworth as his disoriented assistant. Butterworth persuades the all-business Abel to attend the reunion which Abel finally agrees to only when he learns he may be in the running for a contract to build a new building at the college. Abel's wife Edith Atwater tags along, agreeing that her husband needs to let his hair down and loosen up. Edith is amused to learn Herbert's wife Una Merkel is Abel's old flame and she playfully encourages the duo to get reacquainted. Alas, the booze starts flowing in time and Walter becomes QUITE uninhibited - and Una is more than ready to chuck her marriage and reignite the old flame.
This comedy is quite good with an excellent cast. Charles Butterworth is curiously top-billed (he was under contract to MGM at the time which may explain that) but his is perhaps the fifth role in the story. Una Merkel is delightful as the long-suffering professor's wife who suddenly sees a chance to recapture her youth while Walter Abel is equally fine as the businessman who finally learns to kick off his shoes (trouble is he may not stop there!). Starlet Edith Atwater does well in one of her very few movies as a young lead (she later came back as a character player) while Hugh Herbert, usually one of the more irritating character players of the era, is surprisingly sympathetic and has a more traditional role than normal for him. The movie is vague about just how long ago the quartet graduated from college (the actors' ages are all over the place with Herbert born in the 1880's while Una, his wife and college mate, born in 1903!) but after a somewhat slow start moves quickly and is an above-average comedy for the "second feature" it no doubt was.
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