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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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(as Bruce Humberstone)

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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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Warner Bros.' Cheerleader of Music and Fun! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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

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We're Working Our Way Through College  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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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Connections

Version of BBC Play of the Month: The Male Animal (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

All Hail to Midwest State
(uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Chorus
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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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