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She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  12 July 1952 (USA)
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Shapely burlesque dancer Hot Garters Gertie aka Angela Gardner meets her former teacher John Palmer, now a professor at Midwest State... where she decides to begin her new college career. ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Angela Gardner / 'Hot Garters Gertie'
Professor John Palmer
Don Weston
Don DeFore ...
Shep Slade
Helen Palmer
Patrice Wymore ...
'Poison' Ivy Williams
Roland Winters ...
Fred Copeland
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Dean Rogers
Ginger Crowley ...
Lonnie - Ivy's Friend
'Tiny' Gordon
The Blackburn Twins


Shapely burlesque dancer Hot Garters Gertie aka Angela Gardner meets her former teacher John Palmer, now a professor at Midwest State... where she decides to begin her new college career. She rents a room; her new landlady proves to be the professor's wife. Among romantic complications, Angela helps the downtrodden dramatic arts department put on a potentially popular musical show...but someone's discovered her secret past. Does she have an ace up her garter? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

12 July 1952 (USA)  »

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We're Working Our Way Through College  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Prof. John Palmer: I thought we'd cleared these parts of all wildlife.
Angela Gardner: Wolves with crew haircuts. One senior, one sophomore.
Prof. John Palmer: Ah, the campus variety. Known scientifically as Lupus boola-boola.
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Version of The Male Animal (1942) See more »


Gee, But You're Swell
Music by Abel Baer
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
Sung off-screen by Chorus when Prof. Palmer gets up to leave Angela's dressing room
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But she's not working terribly hard
28 January 2014 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Uninspired part-remake of "The Male Animal," in loud Technicolor, and its origins aren't the only prefabricated thing about it. Rather than furnish a whole new score, Warners offers three so-so new songs by Vernon Duke and Sammy Cahn and buttresses them with old songs out of its catalog. At least one of these, "Am I in Love," is the basis for a stunning Gene Nelson solo, where he taps, plies, boxes, trampolines, and does who knows what else in one take. Then it's back to the limp plot about Virginia Mayo, formerly Hot Garters Gertie, forsaking burlesque to go to college, where her crush on Professor Ronald Reagan is quickly abandoned because it doesn't fit into the rest of the action. Reagan, never an inspired actor, is embarrassing here, with a long, unfunny drunk scene, and the rest of the cast--Don DeFore, Phyllis Thaxter, Patrice Wymore--isn't what you'd call exciting. It's an awfully white-middle-class college she's working her way through, and H. Bruce Humberstone, responsible for probably more dull Fox musicals than anyone else, does this other studio no favors. There are a couple of good numbers sprinkled throughout, and the script's endorsement of an erstwhile stripper is quite commendable for the puritanical Fifties. But there are dozens of better Warners musicals out there.

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