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She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 12 July 1952 (USA)
A burlesque dancer goes to college, where she romances a professor and helps put on a musical show.

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Cast

Complete credited 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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12 July 1952 (USA)  »

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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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Virginia Mayo's favorite of her own movies. See more »

Quotes

Prof. John Palmer: Why don't we take your play and write a musical score for it? I know a couple of boys who could do the songs.
Angela Gardner: That would be marvelous, Professor!
Prof. John Palmer: The title's wrong for a musical.
Angela Gardner: That's no problem. We can always get a title. The main thing is to get away from Shakespeare and give 'em what they want. There's a thought! Why not use that for a title? Give Them What They Want.
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Version of The Male Animal (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Working Our Way Through College
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Chorus, Virginia Mayo (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams), and Gene Nelson
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A Collegiate Musical of Mixed Results
12 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"She's Working Her Way Through College" (1952) is a musical remake of "The Male Animal" (1942). A couple of the songs are memorable and the color photography is a highlight, but overall the film achieves mixed results.

Ronald Reagan plays the part of Professor Palmer, a central character whose wife considers him an underachiever. While she flirts with an ex-boyfriend, the professor soothes his jealousy with a bottle, becoming a sloppy (unconvincing) drunk.

Don Fiore plays the ex-boyfriend ex-athlete, Shep, a blow-hard who still relives football plays from his college days. Fiore was also in "The Male Animal."

Virginia Mayo is the burlesque dancer, Angela, who goes to college and attracts the attentions of the quarterback, Don (Gene Nelson). Although dubbing is prevalent, the dance numbers are competent. Nelson's dancing may be the best part of the film, due to its athleticism. He would later have a very successful career, performing and directing.

Patrice Wymore (wife of Errol Flynn) plays Ivy, the coed who resents the attention given to Angela, with a poisonous perfection.

Some of the comedy is pure corn. The speech about tolerance given by Professor Palmer could be considered inspiring or--in light of McCarthyism--hypocritical.

Those who like this kind of college story might also enjoy "Tall Story" (1960), starring Jane Fonda in her first film role. Some portions remind me of this film.


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