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Patty Gayle
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Molly McCarthy
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Diane Kirkland
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Donald Cook ...
Dean Larry Benson
Charles Dingle ...
Jonathan Kirkland
Richard Lane ...
Near-sighted Man at Ballroom
Joe Kirk ...
Bill Stern ...
Bill Stern - Sports Announcer
Phil Spitalny ...
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Evelyn Kaye Klein ...
Evelyn (as Evelyn and Her Magic Violin)
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Ruth Lee ...
Miss Holford (unconfirmed)
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2 February 1945 (USA)  »

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Lou Costello, in his youth a basketball player who specialized in dead-eye free-throw shooting, pumped in many of the shots himself during the film's basketball game. See more »

Goofs

The film's title is a misnomer. A "co-ed" is a female student attending a gender-mixed college -- but Bixby is an all-girl school and therefore none of its students are co-eds. See more »

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Oliver Quackenbush: I really don't like dancing because it's nothing but hugging set to music.
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Oliver Quackenbush: The music.
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References Wandering Willies (1926) See more »

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Let's Play House
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Edgar Fairchild
Performed by Peggy Ryan and Lou Costello
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"Positions Girls, Positions."
5 April 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The main attraction in Here Come the Coeds is seeing Lou Costello in drag during a girl's college basketball game. One of the players is injured and he substitutes. When he's conked on the head he develops amnesia and then Abbott and Peggy Ryan tell him he's Daisy Dimple the world's greatest female basketball player and he proceeds to act the part.

Some here have said that Costello was hardly convincing in drag. But I have to say I've seen drag performers a whole lot worse.

Abbott and Costello are paid dancing escorts at a dime a dance palace. Why anyone would pay to dance with Costello is anyone's guess. But they get fired and land jobs at a girl's college where Abbott's sister, June Vincent, enrolls due to a publicity gimmick Abbott thought up.

There was some other comment that this was the only time any female, Peggy Ryan, showed an interest romantically in Lou. Not true at all. In previous films Martha Raye and Joan Davis did. But this was the only film Costello got to do a song and dance with a female partner. He did do an outrageous waltz with Joan Davis in Hold That Ghost, but there was no singing.

Peggy Ryan was doing a whole lot of musicals with Donald O'Connor at the time at Universal. She had a nice fresh appeal and partnered well with O'Connor. Working with Costello must have been something different.

Donald Cook as the Dean of Students is paired with June Vincent. As they are a pretty sappy pair fortunately there's not much film wasted on them. Charles Dingle as the head of the board of trustees fares much better. He's his usual pompous stuffed shirt, a part he played like no one else in film history. I wish they'd given him some comedy bits with the boys.

Lon Chaney, Jr. plays the head caretaker and the nemesis of the boys. He gets right in with the comedy and serves as a great foil for Costello, especially in the wrestling match sequence. It's a ripoff of what they'd done in Buck Privates in a boxing match, but who cares, it's still a very funny sequence.

I saw just about all of Abbott and Costello's films as a lad. WPIX television in New York used to run them constantly on Sunday morning. For some reason Here Come the Coeds wasn't among them, I only got to see it a few years ago. But it was worth the wait.


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