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She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 12 July 1952 (USA)
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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(as Bruce Humberstone)

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Cast

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Angela Gardner / 'Hot Garters Gertie'
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Professor John Palmer
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Don Weston
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Shep Slade
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Helen Palmer
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'Poison' Ivy Williams
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Fred Copeland
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Dean Rogers
Ginger Crowley ...
Lonnie - Ivy's Friend
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'Tiny' Gordon
Ramon Blackburn ...
Specialty Dancer (as The Blackburn Twins)
Royce Blackburn ...
Specialty Dancer (as The Blackburn Twins)
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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12 July 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

We're Working Our Way Through College  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Don Weston: Why d'you eat that rabbit food? You oughta have something solid.
Angela Gardner: I've got to watch my figure.
Don Weston: You eat. Let me watch it.
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Featured in Spies Like Us (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Am I in Love?
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung and Danced by Gene Nelson
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It takes a lot of work to get to college!
26 July 2000 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

This film may be seen as a rather slight offering in the musical genre of the early 50's; however, it's been a favorite film of mine since I first saw it years ago. Virginia Mayo sparkles as Angela, a sincere girl who wants to attend college, but has to work in burlesque as "Hot Garters Gertie" to earn the money. Ronald Reagan is her professor, and thankfully, the film is less concerned with his career woes (being passed over for promotions at the college, a rivalry with the football coach, etc.) than it is with the college kids and the musical numbers. Gene Nelson is handsome and an excellent dancer, and Patrice Wymore has the right degree of archness as "Poison Ivy". The musical numbers are a lot of fun, especially "With Plenty of Money and You" (Virginia, clad in gold fringe, pulls out the stops for her burlesque number), "I'll Still Be Loving You" (Virginia and Gene sing the cute romantic number in class), and the title song. It's a film I can enjoy watching again and again.


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