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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
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On April 10, I saw a beautiful print of this obscure Columbia comedy at the Film Forum in New York. Turner will be showing the film on April 13. Durante is the featured comic and performs well, really stealing the show with "I'm Gonna Strut Away in My Cut-a-way". He is sort of teamed with Walter Connelly who acts as his straight man. The team has no chemistry what so ever, and Connelly is unnecessarily cruel to Durante. However, the highlights of the film are two short scenes featuring Howard, Fine, and Howard, The Three Stooges. When they appear on screen, the whole film lights up. They do one routine as football "dummies" and also perform their famous "Point to the Right" sketch. They are dynamite. Sure, they slap each other around, but the Jules White violence from their shorts is missing. This is just good, right on the money slapstick. Broadway singer Gertrude Niesen is here in one of her rare film appearances and she steals the show musically. Hal LeRoy is on hand for a dance specialty, but he is much better served by his Warners two-reelers. The weird comic Chaz Chase (NOT the legendary Charley Chase) performs some of his surrealistic shtick and assists the Stooges in a sketch. Louis Prima appears for a moment, but if you blink, you will miss him. The leading man, Charles Starrett, is a tenor only slightly less cloying than Kenny Baker. Director Albert Rogell keeps the film moving quickly. I only wish the Stooges did more in the film.
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