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College Holiday (1936)

Expecting to put on a musical show, singing and dancing college students are brought to a struggling hotel to be guinea pigs in an ancient Greek-themed eugenics experiment.

Director:

Frank Tuttle

Writers:

J.P. McEvoy (original screenplay), Harlan Ware (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Benny ... J. Davis Bowster
George Burns ... George Hymen
Gracie Allen ... Calliope 'Gracie' Dove
Mary Boland ... Carola P. Gaye
Martha Raye ... Daisy Schloggenheimer
Ben Blue ... Stage Hand
Marsha Hunt ... Sylvia Smith
Leif Erickson ... Dick Winters
Eleanore Whitney ... Eleanore Wayne
Johnny Downs ... Johnny Jones
Etienne Girardot ... Prof. Hercules Dove
Olympe Bradna ... Felice L'Hommedieu
Louis Da Pron Louis Da Pron ... Barry Taylor
Jed Prouty ... Sheriff John J. Trimble
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Mrs. Schloggenheimer
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Storyline

Sylvia Smith and Dick Winters share a romantic kiss at a dance, but Sylvia is called away before Dick can learn her full name. Sylvia's father is about to lose his California hotel, the Casa Del Mar, thanks to the financial blundering of his new business partner J. Davis Bowster. The mortgage is held by eccentric heiress Carola P. Gaye, whose current fascination is with the ancient Greek-style eugenics championed by Professor Hercules Dove. Carola plans to use the hotel as the center of her "Body Beauteous" selective mating program. Looking to raise funds with a collegiate musical show, Bowster gathers talent under the pretense of recruiting good-looking young people for Carola's eugenics experiment. Among the group are Dick Winters (still searching for his mystery girl) and Daisy Schloggenheimer (taught to resist male attention with physical force). Under strict orders to prevent any romance between the "guinea pigs", Bowster has great difficulty keeping the boys and the girls away ... Written by Jimmy L.

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Taglines:

Youth and Romance on a Grand Spree...With the World's Five Funniest Comics! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegria a Solta See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film uses the name "Santa Teresa" for a thinly veiled "fictional" version of Santa Barbara, where the hotel exteriors were shot. Beginning in the 1980's, writer Sue Grafton would set her popular Kinsey Millhone mystery novels in "Santa Teresa," also a thinly veiled fictional version of Santa Barbara. See more »

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In Miss Gaye's car, Bowster is clasping his toga closed at his breast with his left hand in practically all of the close-ups. In long shots, his hand's in his lap. See more »

Quotes

J. Davis Bowster: I hope I come up to your expectations.
Calliope 'Gracie' Dove: Oh yes, on account of I'm not expecting too much.
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Referenced in Fright Night (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sweetheart Waltz
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Music by Burton Lane
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a pastiche with several amusing scenes

Forget about plot! This is one example of the 1930s Paramount "Big Broadcast" and "college" series, all of which are entertaining during individual scenes. Eugenics was a popular topic of discussion during this era: one which later became discredited in large part because of "breeding" experiments in Nazi Germany. On a much less serious note, in this film we have a wacky "professor" and an even wackier wealthy patron (Mary Boland in great form) who bring a trainload of "Paramount Co-Eds" and college studs to be matched up, so as to produce perfect physical specimens, all the time dressed in pseudo-classic Greek togas and "sarongs". The prof's exemplar daughter is Martha Raye. Burns and Allen do a couple of comic bits totally unrelated to the "plot". Maltin calls all this silly. Who can deny it? If you stop looking for anything to think about and relax, you'll have an intermittent good time, and if you doze off it won't make much difference (Dorothy Lamour and Marjorie Reynolds appear briefly as co-eds, but viewers probably won't spot them.)


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