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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annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date...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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Charles 'Chuck' Daly
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ...
Themselves
Ted Healy ...
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)
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annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date, and who won't even let the new "swing" music be played in the show.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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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 »

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Fight On
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Milo Sweet
Lyrics by Milo Sweet and Glen Grant
Played and Sung by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians in a medley of football songs in the finale
(USC's official fight song)
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Underrated Solid Musical Comedy
2 July 2010 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

This is not "Gold diggers of 1933" or "Footlight Parade," but it is a competent and fun musical. While not an "A" picture, it is a solid "B." There may not be anything great here, but everything is loud, energetic and good. There are many small delights for people willing to look

This was directed by William Keighley between two excellent Errol Flynn movies that he directed: "The Prince and the Pauper" and "Adventures of Robin Hood". He also did directed two fine James Cagney movies, "G Men" and "Each Dawn I Die". He also did the classic comedy, "The Man Who Came to Dinner" The movie has a bunch of fine second bananas, Walter Catlett, Sterling Holloway and Ted Healey. Catlett had bit parts in many classic comedies, for example, "Bringing up Baby" and "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" He was a much in demand actor doing 50 films between 1940 and 1944, getting 6th-10th billing in almost all of them. Adorable Sterling Holloway adds his nice spaecy bits. Even Ted Healey, who is associated with the Three Stooges comes off well. He played the leader of the Three Stooges, a part that the Moe Fine took over when they split up. In the movie, he is referred to as a stooge and he plays the part convincingly.

This is the first movie for Priscilla and Rosemary Lane. There older sister, Lola, had been a star for eight years by this. All three sisters would continue to make movies for about ten more years. While I'm unfamiliar with Rosemary Lane's films, Priscilla was in at least three classics, "Arsenic and Old Lace" "The Roaring Twenties" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Saboteur. Both sisters are delightful here.

George Washington Lee and William Sublett as Buck and Bubbles do a couple of wonderful dance routines.

The finale is by Busby Berkeley. While people are right to point out that this football number is not one of his best, even average Busby Berkeley is better than most musical numbers by anybody else.

Overall, the movie doesn't dazzle, but it zips along, brightens the day and puts a smile on your face. I would love to see the missing 40 minutes.


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