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At fictitious Tait University in the Roaring 20's, co-ed and school librarian Connie Lane falls for football hero Tommy Marlowe. Unfortunately, he has his eye on gold-digging vamp Pat McClellan. Tommy's grades start to slip, which keeps him from playing in the big game. Connie eventually finds out Tommy really loves her and devises a plan to win him back and to get him back on the field. Written by
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Under contract to the Musicraft label, Mel Tormé was "officially" excluded from the MGM Records soundtrack album, although he was heard singing "Be a Ladies' Man" with Peter Lawford and Ray McDonald. On a 78-rpm single, Musicraft issued Mel's remake of one film song: the DeSylva, Brown and Henderson evergreen, "The Best Things in Life Are Free." All of Mel Tormé's prerecordings have been restored on the soundtrack CD from Rhino Handmade. The one Musicraft revamp is included on a Living Era CD entitled "The Velvet Fog." See more »
In the locker room scene where Peter Lawford tries several times to call the sorority house using the pay phone, the first time he gets a busy signal and pulls his coin out of the slot, You can see the prop phone almost come off the wall. On the following call when he gets another busy signal, he holds the prop in place with his right hand while pulling out the coin. See more »
And another thing... the boys don't understand a thing you're saying. They're waiting for the signals, you give them the signals - but they're in French!
[Tommy rattles off a some French vocabulary words]
Guess I can't help it, Poochy. Language comes easy to me. I've only been in class five days and already I speak like a native. I don't know of what country, but, ah, like a native.
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This movie and other MGM musicals in particular should be viewed by anyone who thinks they want to produce a film musical today. Watch the Pass That Piece Pipe number and the Varsity drag. Pretend you are the camera and take note of the long uninterrupted takes and the fluid motion of the dancing in concert with the camera. Then look at the musical numbers from Chicago . . . where all they did was cheat and all the action was produced in the cutting room . . the skill is gone. It is a lost art, along with dancing which has been replaced by callesthenics.
Also, if you look closely to the left of the screen in the early part of The Varsity Drag, you will see one of the dancers hold her head and drop to the floor. She does not reappear in the remainder of the shot. June and Peter are the perfect couple and he is totally light on his feet unlike Richard Gere who was so lauded for being a non-dancer who was now "dancing" . . . ha! Now Peter was actually a non-dancer who was dancing and doing a good job of it without cheating, just as Frank Sinatra did in Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
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