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Varsity Show -- A 1930s classic from the Warner Brothers archives, Varsity Show is a hilarious romp that follows the students of "Winfield College" as they battle their facility advisor.

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Director:
Writers:
Jerry Wald (screen play) and
Richard Macaulay (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
4 September 1937 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
IT'S THE CHEER LEADER OF ALL SCREEN MUSICALS! (original ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Winfield College students who are trying to put together the annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Varsity Show was an enjoyable Warner musical from the late '30s See more (13 total) »

Cast

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Dick Powell ... Charles 'Chuck' Daly
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ... Themselves
Ted Healy ... William Williams
Rosemary Lane ... Barbara 'Babs' Steward

Priscilla Lane ... 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

Sterling Holloway ... Trout
Mabel Todd ... Cuddles
Scotty Bates ... Scotty
George MacFarland ... Hap
Poley McClintock ... Poley
Lee Dixon ... Johnny 'Rubberlegs' Stevens
Halliwell Hobbes ... Dean Meredith
Roy Atwell ... Professor Washburn
Edward Brophy ... Mike Barclay (as Ed Brophy)
Ben Welden ... Hammer
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Anspach ... Student (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Passerby (uncredited)
Buck and Bubbles ... Themselves (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Robert Clayton ... Man (uncredited)
Don Downen ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Jane Doyle ... Student (uncredited)
John George Doyle ... Student (uncredited)
Earl Dwire ... Professor (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Mrs. Biddle (uncredited)
Maxine Fisher ... Woman (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Stagehand (uncredited)
John Harron ... Clerk (uncredited)
Buddy Henry ... Man (uncredited)
Harry Hollingsworth ... Doorman (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Professor (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Police Sgt. Murphy (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Policeman (uncredited)

Carole Landis ... Student (uncredited)
Wade Lane ... Professor (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Police Commissioner (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Student (uncredited)
Virginia Pitman ... Woman (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Man (voice) (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Mayor Jones (uncredited)
Rosella Towne ... Passerby (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Betty Wonder ... Student (uncredited)
Tommy Wonder ... Student (uncredited)
Walter Young ... Professor (uncredited)

Directed by
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Jerry Wald (screen play) and
Richard Macaulay (screen play) &
Sig Herzig (screen play) (as Sid Herzig) and
Warren Duff (screen play)

Warren Duff (from an original story by) and
Sig Herzig (from an original story by)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photographed by: finale)
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Drew Eberson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (as Charles D. Forrest)
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound (as Oliver Garretson)
 
Music Department
Virgil Davis .... orchestral arrangements
Richard R. Kirk .... composer: "A Toast to Michigan"
Johnny Mercer .... music and lyrics by
Steve Mougin .... orchestral arrangements
Frank Perkins .... orchestral arrangements
Frank Perkins .... vocal arrangements
Roy Ringwald .... vocal arrangements
Fred Waring .... musical direction
Richard A. Whiting .... music and lyrics by (as Dck Whiting)
M.K. Jerome .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Tony Romano .... vocal arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... creator: finale
Busby Berkeley .... director: finale
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)
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Runtime:
120 min | USA:80 min (Turner library print) | 81 min (re-release) (edited)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #3393) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Fred Waring was approached to play a starring role in this film, he brought his famous glee club, The Pennsylvanians, to the shoot and planned on using the college glee club from Pomona College for additional singers. When he arrived at the campus he found the Glee Club conductor was ill but his replacement was a young, energetic man named Robert Shaw. After the movie was finished, Shaw followed Waring to New York, where he founded the Collegiate Chorale and the Robert Shaw Chorale. Robert Shaw went on to be one of the most important personalities in American choral music in the 20th century.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Soundtrack:
Let That Be a Lesson to YouSee more »

FAQ

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Varsity Show was an enjoyable Warner musical from the late '30s, 6 February 2015
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Dick Powell is a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer who's invited to go back to his alma mater of Winfield to help produce the title program because the old man of the faculty (Walter Catlett) doesn't like the "vulgar" music and dance styles being done there. I'll stop there and just say this was quite an enjoyable musical comedy in the 80-minute version I just watched on DVD. I can't imagine this film being longer but according to this site, it's at least maybe 40 minutes more. Probably extraneous stuff not really necessary. Busby Berkeley, as always, puts the stops in the final number with all those formations of various college insignias that could only be done in film. So on that note, I highly recommend Varsity Show. P.S. It's interesting seeing Ted Healy-the former leader of what became known as The Three Stooges-have a couple of scenes with Edward Brophy-who would appear with Moe, Larry, and Curly in Swing Parade of 1946. Also that Brophy's character's nickname is "Curly". And I watched this just now because Leonard Maltin & Richard W. Bann-in their book "The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang"-mentioned in Spanky's bio that he appeared in this under his real name-George McFarland. That name does appear in the closing cast list as playing someone named Hap but the Little Rascal is nowhere in it so obviously it's a different MacFarland.

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