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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:
I usually don't like this sort of musical.... See more (12 total) »

Cast

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Dick Powell ... Charles 'Chuck' Daly
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians
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)
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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


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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)
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Additional Details

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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)

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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 »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Little Fraternity PinSee more »

FAQ

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I usually don't like this sort of musical...., 4 September 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I wonder what happened with the missing 40 minutes from "Varsity Show". IMDb lists its original running time as 120 minutes but the Turner DVD is only 80--meaning a third of the film is missing. Perhaps this is just a mistake and the film was always 80 minutes but I wonder if the studio thought 120 minutes made the film incredibly sluggish and they decided to re-edit it--though cutting out THAT much seems very unlikely. Can anyone shed any light on this for me?

Dick Powell as well as Fred Waring and his orchestra star in this light-hearted college musical. Apparently the folks at Winfield College are going to put on another VERY boring show--thanks to the very dull Professor Biddle who insists they do it his way. The students want to breath energy into the program and invite Mr. Daly (Powell) to 'spice it up'. But the faculty is adamant--so what are these co-eds to do? Why SING of course! And, in the end, instead of Mr. Daly saving the college show, the students (much like in "Babes on Broadway") put on a show to save the career of swell 'ol Mr. Daly.

Overall, this is pure escapist fun. While the songs aren't particularly memorable, they are enjoyable. And the final BIG production number (choreographed by Busby Berkeley) is also quite amazing--and better than most of his efforts. While I am not a huge fan of this sort of film, for what this is, it's amazingly well done. Proof that it wasn't just MGM that could make a nice musical, as Warner had a long string of big production number musicals in the 30s. Worth seeing.

By the way, I liked Dick Powell's line "Get back to your rooms and crack a book...". That's because in practically every college film of the 30s and 40s, you almost NEVER see these folks studying or attending classes! Seeing them in the next scene actually studying was a shocker! Although, not surprisingly, the studying session didn't last very long!

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