While his roommates want to study, college student Freddy Hayden instead wants to practice to become a singing star on the radio. His roommates believe Freddy's is a foolhardy dream, until Freddy starts to tell them about his family background. He comes from a show business family. His mother, Grace Hayden, was a featured actress/singer in the Continental Follies of 1933. She, who would rather Freddy focus on his studies, currently is working as a maid on Long Island. Freddy thinks he's got his big break when, using an old contact of his mother's, gets a part in a benefit show on Long Island. That show becomes an illuminating experience for the snooty Mrs. Skinner, one of the benefit's organizers who thinks herself above "the common folk". Written by
"Would you ring the gong for me?" says the song...I would!!!
With a song title that, you can imagine the quality of this Vitaphone Brevity (20 minutes or so) that was filler during the mid-30s, a satire about a show biz mom who wants her son to take college seriously and forget about his own show biz aspirations.
Real mother and son (Grace Hayes and Peter Lind Hayes) manage not to embarrass themselves too much with the lame script, wise-cracks and musical direction. It's all strictly '30s vintage material with Peter demonstrating his talent for impersonations which he would go on to use in his later TV and movie career.
What's interesting are the few musical segments which are tolerable despite the poor songs, but because the staging at least shows a little imagination.
Not the worst Vitaphone Brevity, that's for sure, but nothing memorable about it either.
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