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Campus Rhythm (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 19 November 1943 (USA)
Radio singer Joan Abbott, known as the "Crunchy-Wunchy Thrush", does not want to renew her contract with the cereal sponsor, as she wants to go to college. Her Uncle Willie signs it for her... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Joan Abbott, aka Susie Smith
Uncle William 'Willie' Aloysius Smith (as Doug Leavitt)
J.P. Hartman (as Herbert Hayes)
Susie Smith - Hartman's secretary
Cynthia Walker
GeGe Pearson ...
Babs Marlow (as Gee Gee Pearson)
Freshie, a Freshman
Candy Candido ...
Genevieve Grazis ...

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Radio singer Joan Abbott, known as the "Crunchy-Wunchy Thrush", does not want to renew her contract with the cereal sponsor, as she wants to go to college. Her Uncle Willie signs it for her, however, as she is under age. Taking the name and credentials of Susie Smith, the secretary of her employer, Hartman, she disappears and enrolls at Rawley College. There she meets Buzz, leading a college band, and Scoop, running a college newspaper, who induces her to become a reporter. The Crunchy-Wunchy company institute a search for Joan via a publicity stunt, and Scoop assigns Joan to write an editorial against this kind of bad publicity. The Abernathy Products Company institutes a nation-wide contest to find the best college band, and Rawley College is entered, with Babs, the band's soloist, coached by Joan. Cynthia, girl friend of Buzz, is jealous of Joan, suspects she is the missing "Crunchy-Wunchy Thrush" and notifies Uncle Willie. The night of the nation-wide band-contest broadcast, Babs ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

19 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fraternity Sweetheart  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Thursday 2 September 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and in Los Angeles Sunday 27 February 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Sung after winning the contest
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Goofy nonsense
13 July 2014 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I caught "Campus Rhythm" on Netflix, on a whim. I'd like my 63 minutes back, please. First, the plot is as old and tired as vaudeville; "trite" doesn't begin to cover it. Second, the actors all appear to be in their 30s or older, despite them supposedly being college students. The men are, almost invariably, creepy leches, and the audience is somehow supposed to find them charming. Everything is shot on sound stages or back-lots, which sucks any energy or life out of the film. Finally, the music, which is leaned-on heavily, is just dismal with some of the most cringe-worthy lyrics I've ever heard. There were a variety of composers involved but none of them were worthy of polishing Cole Porter's shoes. All that's left of the film is some okay visuals and a bad aftertaste.

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