6.3/10
251
16 user 2 critic

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annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date...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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Romantic antics abound among the guests at a luxury hotel, including a stage director, an eccentric millionaire, and the daughter of a financial backer.

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Crucial events in the lives of many people occur on the same night in the same place.

Director: Irving Reis
Stars: Billie Seward, William Haade, Anne Revere
Dames (1934)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A multimillionaire decides to boycott "filthy" forms of entertainment such as Broadway shows.

Directors: Ray Enright, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon
Secret People (1952)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This tale of intrigue finds Valentina Cortese involved in an assassination plot. She helps the police apprehend the conspirators after an innocent bystander is accidentally killed.

Director: Thorold Dickinson
Stars: Valentina Cortese, Serge Reggiani, Charles Goldner
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Michael Caine, Oskar Homolka, Paul Hubschmid
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Allen Jenkins
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Writer Kenneth Magee has bet that he can finish a story at rural resort Baldpate Inn, now closed for the winter. The owner has given him the "only" key to the front door. But there are six ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Phillip Terry, Jacqueline White, Eduardo Ciannelli
Bon Voyage (1944)
Short | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young Scottish RAF gunner is debriefed by French officials about his escape from occupied territory, and in particular one person who may or may not have been a German agent.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: John Blythe
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When two investors inform an opportunistic dancer that they can't fund an elderly stage producer's production, she suggests they get an insurance policy on the producer's life.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell
Mad Love (1935)
Certificate: Passed Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her husband's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

Director: Karl Freund
Stars: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young painter stumbles upon an assortment of odd characters at an English estate where he has been hired to give art lessons to beautiful Laura Fairlie. Among them are Anne Catherick, a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Alexis Smith, Eleanor Parker, Sydney Greenstreet
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Charles 'Chuck' Daly
...
Fred Waring Orchestra
...
William Williams
...
Barbara 'Babs' Steward
...
Betty Bradley
...
Professor Sylvester Biddle
Johnnie Davis ...
Buzz Bolton (as Johnny Davis)
Ford Washington Lee ...
Buck (as Buck)
John William Sublett ...
Bubbles (as Bubbles)
...
Ernie Mason
...
Trout
...
Cuddles
Scotty Bates ...
Scotty
George MacFarland ...
Hap
Poley McClintock ...
Poley
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aprenda a Sorrir  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) | (re-release) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

A Toast to Michigan
(1903) (uncredited)
Music by Richard R. Kirk
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?