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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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Cast

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 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Educande d'America See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the telegram to Virginia from her mother, Crockett Hall is located in the fictional town of Crockett, New Jersey. See more »

Quotes

Virginia: Gee, Pony, Mac's a grand person.
Pony: Well, he's gonna be awfully out of place among those Little Lord Fauntleroys they drag in here every Sunday. If you took all the hair off of their combined chests, you wouldn't have enough to make a wig for a grape.
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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

Virginia's Gonna Get Fried
(uncredited)
(Sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")
Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers and others
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Putting Out A Finished Product...
7 January 2010 | by xerses13See all my reviews

As one of the 'BIG FIVE' RKO had to have a constant stream of pictures to meet the demands of their theaters. Typically output was about fifty-plus (50+) features a year and with the Great Depression budgets had to be kept tight. You cannot afford many KING KONG's each year so Executive Producer Merian C. Cooper kept most budgets to $100,000.00 or less. This kept the studio profitable and the staff busy and employed.

FINISHING SCHOOL (1934) is filled with the current stock company of RKO. The story is of a idealistic and naive young women VIRGINIA RADCLIFF (Frances Dee) who goes to her Mother's (Billie Burke) 'Finishing School' and has her eyes opened up. The students led by CECELIA 'Pony' FERRIS (Ginger Rogers) spend most of their time dodging the rules. Principal MISS VAN ALYSTYNE (Beulah Bondi) and teachers like MISS FISHER (Sara Haden) are mainly interested in the appearances of propriety not the substance. Fortunetly VIRGINIA becomes aware of the hypocrisy and with the love of RALPH McFARLAND (Bruce Cabot) and the support of her Father MR. RADCLIFF (John Halliday) breaks free from the School and it's influences. One of those left behind is BILLIE (Dawn O'Day) who four (4) films later will become ANNE SHIRLEY!

Least you think institutions like FINISHING SCHOOL no longer exist, guess again. Just GOOGLE and you will find extensive listing of such schools. Though judging from their 21st Century curriculum's they appear have more substance then just how to serve Tea.


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