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We Went to College (1936)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  19 June 1936 (USA)
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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 »



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Butterworth ...
Glenn Harvey
Phil Talbot
Professor Standish
Una Merkel ...
Susan Standish
Edith Atwater ...
Walter Catlett ...
Senator Budger
Charles Trowbridge ...
President Tomlin
Tom Ricketts ...


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 <>

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19 June 1936 (USA)  »

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The Old School Tie  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Charles King in the role of "Cookie", Nora Cecil and Lillian Harmer are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. Others listed in contemporary news items as being in the cast, but who were not seen, were Pat West, E. Alyn Warren, Arthur Aylesworth and Edgar Kennedy. See more »


Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Sung by a campfire group
Also sung a cappella by Walter Abel
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Pretty grim
27 December 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Sociologically this movie is interesting: At the time it came out, college was less common for people than it's now become. Though the characters are ostensibly engaged in their alumni homecoming event, it's a silly event. Maybe college was like that in the thirties but it sure wasn't when I went in the seventies.

The cast boasts some big names. They're mostly second- or third-leads -- father or uncle types. They do OK, though Walter Abel, as one of the two central characters, seems annoyed throughout. More annoyed, I'd say, than his character is meant to be.

In its favor, it has a chamber music performance. It has Shakespeare, too. I couldn't quite make this out but I think a scene for Othello had the Moor played in black-face: Not just darkened skin but real minstrel show regalia. If so, that is unfortunate and if I am mistaken, my apologies to all.

Either way, from it's dopey opening credits, I can't think of any real reason to see this.

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