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Varsity Show (1937)

 -  Musical  -  4 September 1937 (USA)
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Winfield College students who are trying to put together the annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Charles 'Chuck' Daly
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians
Ted Healy ...
William Williams
Rosemary Lane ...
Barbara 'Babs' Steward
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Betty Bradley
Walter Catlett ...
Professor Sylvester Biddle
Johnnie Davis ...
Buzz Bolton (as Johnny Davis)
Ford Washington Lee ...
Buck (as Buck)
John William Sublett ...
Bubbles (as Bubbles)
Fred Waring ...
Ernie Mason
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Trout
Mabel Todd ...
Cuddles
Scotty Bates ...
Scotty
George MacFarland ...
Hap
Poley McClintock ...
Poley
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Winfield College students who are trying to put together the annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date, and who won't even let the new "swing" music be played in the show. They decide to get ahold of a former student who is now a big Broadway star and have him direct their show. What they don't know is that this "star's" last three shows were big flops. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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IT'S THE CHEER LEADER OF ALL SCREEN MUSICALS! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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4 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Aprenda a Sorrir  »

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Film debut of Priscilla Lane. See more »

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When the college kids arrive in New York to put on there show there are about 60 of them and they have only a few props. When they put on their show they have massive, elaborate sets and props, more than 200 actors and the stage is much larger than the whole theater. See more »

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Referenced in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

On with the Dance
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians at the dance
Sung by Rosemary Lane
Reprised by singing and dancing, with Ford Washington Lee on piano at the theater
Reprised by the cast in the finale
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Dumb but entertaining college musical.

This is another of those pieces of fluff that almost meant the death knell for musicals in the thirties. The dumbest of plots - college kids plead for an old alumnus (now a down and out producer) to help them put on their varsity show. It's an excuse for many songs and a much-acclaimed (but rather lame) Busby Berkeley Finale (Oscar nom for choreography - dance direction)in which the cast form a series of college letters in the now overly familiar shot from above kaleidoscope effect Berkeley wore into the ground. Dick Powell is charming but getting a bit long in the tooth already for this sort of thing. Rosemary Lane misses in her claim for stardom but sister Priscilla is starting a bright career in comedy here. Walter Catlett is amusing as a stuffy professor who wants a more cultured approach to the show material and John Alexander has an unbilled bit as the Mayor. It's amazing to think this originally ran at 121 minutes - 40 minutes were chopped out (the editing reveals this in two spots). It must have been DEADLY at that timing. SONGS: I'M DEPENDABLE; LITTLE FRATERNITY PIN; THE VARSITY SHOW IS REHEARSING; WORKING OUR WAY THROUGH COLLEGE; OLD KING COLE; ON WITH THE DANCE; YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING THERE; TELL ALL THE PAPERS; LOVE IS IN THE AIR TONIGHT; FINALE. Nothing at all outstanding here although the songs are pleasant enough. It passes the time.


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