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Finishing School (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 4 May 1934 (USA)
The trials and tribulations in a private, snobbish girls school.

Directors:

George Nichols Jr. (as George Nicholls Jr.), Wanda Tuchock

Writers:

Wanda Tuchock (screen play), Laird Doyle (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Frances Dee ... Virginia Radcliff
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Helen Crawford Radcliff
Ginger Rogers ... Cecilia 'Pony' Ferris
Bruce Cabot ... Ralph McFarland - intern
John Halliday ... Mr. Frank S. Radcliff
Beulah Bondi ... Miss Van Alstyne
Sara Haden ... Miss Fisher
Helen Freeman ... Dr. Hewitt
Marjorie Lytell Marjorie Lytell ... Ruth Wallace
Adalyn Doyle Adalyn Doyle ... Madeleine 'Maggy' Kelly
Anne Shirley ... Billie (as Dawn O'Day)
Irene Franklin ... Aunt Jessica - Pretender
Ann Cameron Ann Cameron ... Miss Schmidt
Rose Coghlan Rose Coghlan ... Miss Edith Garland
Caroline Rankin ... Miss Weber
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Storyline

Virginia Radcliff, a remarkably unspoiled but naive rich-kid, finds herself at a swank girls' school where everything appears prim and proper, but the motto is essentially "Don't Get Caught." On a surreptitious field trip to the city (engineered by "Pony"), Virginia meets Ralph, a struggling lower/middle-class med student who delivers room service at a hotel at night. They fall in love, much to the outrage of the school's headmistress (Beulah Bondi) and the embarrassment of her otherwise indifferent mother. Written by Chris Holland <cholland@atlantic.net>

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THEY LEARNED ABOUT LOVE ON WEEK-ENDS! (Print ad- Cortland Standard, ((Cortland NY)) 5 June 1934) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The date written on Virginia's application form at the beginning of the film is September 11, 1933. See more »

Quotes

Billie: Would you loan me one of your brassieres?
Pony: What for?
Billie: Well you see, I haven't got one and I thought seeing as it's Christmas and everything, and I'm going on a house party and, well, when the maid unpacks my bag and finds I haven't got one, how do you think I'm going to feel?
Pony: It's like putting a saddle on a pekingese but here it is.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Listed as the last of the cast credits is And the Snob Played by CROCKETT HALL See more »


Soundtracks

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Played by church bells on Christmas Eve
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big names in pre-code film
23 May 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Certainly some big names in this dated film from 1934. Pretty early-on in Ginger Rogers' film career... as well as Frances Dee's. Of course, the biggest name here is really Billie Burke, who not only married Ziegfeld of "Ziegfeld Follies"... but was also Glinda the Good Witch in Gone With the Wind! Here, Burke plays "The Mother" who sends her daughter Virginia (Dee) off to finishing school. Virginia rooms with "Pony" (Rogers), who shows her the ropes. Of course they get into all kinds of mis-haps, but poor Virginia keeps getting caught, and is pretty much ignored by her parents, who are too busy jet-setting with the other rich folk. It's rather dry, bland, and a dated story of the 1930s, showing how the rich folks lived prior to the market crash. Pretty far from anyone's experience today. Virginia meets local med student "Mac", who she hopes will take her away from her tortured life. It's all well done, but such a simple, out-dated story doesn't really hold up with today's world and moral standards. Lots of implied things going on, and we can tell why the film was put on the "condemned films" to avoid by the churches at the time. Made JUST prior to when the film code began to be enforced, and these subjects would be completely avoided. Kind of seems like it got much more serious and deep in the last 20 minutes of the film; up to then, it was all set-up. Originally a play by Katherine Clugston. Good to see Ginger Rogers and Billie Burke, years before their bigger roles.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Educande d'America See more »

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Radio Pictures (II) See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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