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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:

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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

The Jewett estate, as it was known at the time, where part of this film was shot, was listed for $28M in 2017. The 17,500 sq. ft. house sits on 3 acres and has 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. This location was made famous on the TV show Dynasty (1981). 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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The characters "Mr. Radcliff" and "Mrs. Radcliff" are listed as "Mr. Radcliffe" and Mrs. Radcliffe" in the credits. See more »


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Never Hit Your Grandma with a Shovel
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Sung a cappella by Ginger Rogers
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Another old-fashioned look at debutantes in the '30s...
19 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

FINISHING SCHOOL starts with a whimper: FRANCES DEE enters the same finishing school her mother (BILLIE BURKE) attended, a school burdened by rules that most of the girls never follow--including Dee's new roommate, GINGER ROGERS. And it doesn't end with a bang.

BEULAH BONDI is the prissy lady who tells Dee about all the rules. ANNE SHIRLEY is a naive girl who wants to be part of the gang but is rebuffed by Ginger's set.

The dialog is not exactly crackling with gems. "One step lower and I'll be in the movies," says one old gal who deceives the school mistress by playing the good aunt taking the girls to a matinée instead of a wild week-end rendezvous with men. When Dee passes out on her wild weekend, it's BRUCE CABOT, a waiter at the hotel, to her rescue. He pays a passing milkman 12 cents for a quart of milk so Dee can have some breakfast. Oh, the good old days!! Even with some good names in the supporting cast, it never manages to be more than an innocuous treatment of an innocuous theme. Dee is pretty but her acting, as usual, is pretty forgettable. Bruce Cabot does well enough in one of his few likable roles as a young man studying to be an intern while waiting tables on the side. As for Ginger Rogers, at least she adds a little spice as Dee's friend.

Watchable but underwhelming as a feature that probably played the lower half of double bills in the '30s.


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