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 ...


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 <>

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19 November 1943 (USA)  »

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Fraternity Sweetheart  »

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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 »


Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?
Written by Charles Warfield and Clarence Williams
Sung by Candy Candido at the contest radio broadcast
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Gale Storm Before She Was My Little Margie
25 January 2012 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

Gale Storm became famous in two hit television series of the 1950's, "My Little Margie," and "the Gale Storm Show" Except for Lucille Ball, she probably did more 1/2 hour episodes (294 total) on national television than anybody other actress. Before hitting it big on television in the Summer of 1952, she had been a star in some thirty movies starting at age 18 in 1940. She seems to have been under contract to Monogram, one of the poorest film studios in the early 40's, but did work her way up to doing some movies for majors like Columbia and Universal in the late 40's.

In the mid 50's, during the time of her television triumphs, she also had a half dozen or so hit records.

I was born in the 50's and I was one of her television fans, although I got to watch her series mainly in reruns in the mornings in the early 1960's.

This was the first movie I have seen her in and she is just as delightful as she is in her television series. The only difference is that she is ten years younger. Surprisingly, she plays a singer in this movie. It is strange that she didn't have a record contract until the 1950's, her voice is sweet and natural. With all the talent scouts in Hollywood, you would have thought that one would recognize her singing talents.

Being a Monogram picture, its technical quality is not much above a 1950's television sit-com. However, it is pleasant enough and does provide lots of amusing moments.

The plot is Gale Storm as a radio singer signed to Crunchy-Wunchy breakfast cereal. She wants to break away and go to college. One has to imagine that she really wanted to break her contract with Monogram Pictures. She escapes to a college, but Crunchy-Wunchy starts a national campaign to find her.

Storm was born about two months before Judy Garland in 1922. I couldn't help thinking of her as a low-rent Judy Garland here. They're both cute, talented and energetic.

Ge Ge Person and Candy Candido provide some nice comic relief.

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