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Start Cheering (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 March 1938 (USA)
Film star Ted Crosley, fed up with movie life, quits pictures to enroll in Midland College, much to the horror of his manager Sam Lewis and his stooge-friend Willie Gumbatz. Ted wishes to ... See full summary »

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Sam Lewis
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Jean Worthington
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Craig E. Earle ...
Professor Quiz (as Professor Quiz)
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Sarah
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Dean Worthington
The Three Stooges ...
The Three Stooges
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Biff Gordon
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'Tarzan' Biddle
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Blodgett
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Mabel
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Shorty (as Chaz. Chase)
Jimmy Wallington ...
Announcer Jimmy Wallington
Romo Vincent ...
Fatso
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Film star Ted Crosley, fed up with movie life, quits pictures to enroll in Midland College, much to the horror of his manager Sam Lewis and his stooge-friend Willie Gumbatz. Ted wishes to enroll in school under an assumed name but Sam, hoping to nip his school plans in the bud, tips off the press and school. En route, Ted has met and fallen in love with Jean Worthington, daughter of Dean Worthington who is counting on Ted's enrollment to save his job. Ted, as the hero of many college and football movies, is given a royal welcome when he arrives. In an effort to make the Midland football team a bigger draw and pay off the stadium debt, Ted is put on the varsity team, where, his exploits don't match those he had on screen, and he is actually a liability. He soon incurs the enmity of Biff Gordon, the school's football hero and Ted's rival for Jean. Biff sets Ted up with a fake fraternity initiation, wherein Ted passes on the tin fraternity ring, taken from a candy box, to Jean. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BORN TO BE AN IDOL! A Campus Hero Comes Up Fighting and Scoring with a Football and a Girl! See more »


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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The print Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has been showing since 1994 is probably a print shown in the UK, since an opening frame states "Grand National Pictures Ltd. presents Start Cheering". That company is a UK company which probably handled the UK distribution. Although the IMDb credits are based on that print, it differs markedly from the American version as listed in the AFI Catalogue. See more »

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Naughty, Naughty, I'm Surprised at You
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Milton Drake
Written for the movie and possibly played in the score
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Stupid. But sublime.
4 February 2006 | by (bangkok) – See all my reviews

Watch it when you feel ill or just kind of "wotthehell".

Durante and the Three Stooges are in fine form. There may or may not be some kind of plot - this thing moves fast.

It's got almost as many memorable lines as Casablanca. Here's a few that have stuck in my mind for years:

DURANTE: It's an absolute catasta-strophe.

DURANTE: "When I was at Penn State..." MAN: "Oh, so you're a college boy?" DURANTE: "Sorry, I meant state pen..."

MAN: "Well this is a fine how-do-you-do!" STOOGE: "Fine! How do you do!"


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