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Varsity Show (1937)

Approved | | Musical | 4 September 1937 (USA)
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annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date...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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Charles 'Chuck' Daly
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Themselves
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William Williams
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Barbara 'Babs' Steward
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Betty Bradley
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Professor Sylvester Biddle
Johnnie Davis ...
Buzz Bolton (as Johnny Davis)
Ford Washington Lee ...
Buck (as Buck)
John William Sublett ...
Bubbles (as Bubbles)
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Ernie Mason
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Trout
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Cuddles
Scotty Bates ...
Scotty
George MacFarland ...
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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annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date, and who won't even let the new "swing" music be played in the show.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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4 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Aprenda a Sorrir  »

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Trivia

Fred Waring created an archive for his music library, recordings, photographs, films, correspondence and ephemera in the Special Collections department in the library at Pennsylvania State University. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Old King Cole
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians and sung by Johnnie Davis
Reprised with Priscilla Lane and Lee Dixon dancing
Reprised in the finale with Johnnie Davis singing
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Missing In Action: Memorable Musical Numbers Galore
23 March 2013 | by (Paradise, California) – See all my reviews

For die-hard Berkeley fans only--this collegiate musical is certainly more a mirror of it's time than most, with lots of college men over 30 clad in beanies swooning in song over long-skirted coeds; simple plot--all the students want to present the hot new rhythms of the New Varsity Show, but the fuddy-duddy professor (Walter Catlett in usual sputtering mode) won't let them. Enter former alum and Broadway Star Dick Powell, all dimples and smiles, intent on Saving The Day With Music! The whole enterprise is a build up to the sensational Busby Berkeley finale with hundreds of dancing coeds in astounding geometrical designs; unfortunately, the less-than-memorable music is not by Al Dubin and Harry Warren (who composed the Gold Diggers series).

According to Tony Thomas's Busby Berkeley book, and reliable film historian Leslie Halliwell (and numerous other sources), this should be a 120 minute film; why has Turner, usually the standard for accuracy, released an 80 minute print--40 minutes shorter? Some collector, somewhere, must be sitting on an old studio print and, if anybody is able, the intrepid folks at Turner will track it down and we can see what will probably make this the dynamic vintage musical it should be.


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