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Varsity Show (1937)

Approved | | Musical | 4 September 1937 (USA)
Winfield College students who are trying to put together the annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Richard Macaulay (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Charles 'Chuck' Daly
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ... Fred Waring Orchestra
Ted Healy ... William Williams
Rosemary Lane ... Barbara 'Babs' Steward
Priscilla Lane ... Betty Bradley
Walter Catlett ... Professor Sylvester Biddle
Johnnie Davis ... Buzz Bolton (as Johnny Davis)
Ford Washington Lee Ford Washington Lee ... Buck (as Buck)
John William Sublett John William Sublett ... Bubbles (as Bubbles)
Fred Waring ... Ernie Mason
Sterling Holloway ... Trout
Mabel Todd ... Cuddles
Scotty Bates Scotty Bates ... Scotty
George MacFarland George MacFarland ... Hap
Poley McClintock ... Poley
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Storyline

Winfield College students who are trying to put together the annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date, and who won't even let the new "swing" music be played in the show. They decide to get ahold of a former student who is now a big Broadway star and have him direct their show. What they don't know is that this "star's" last three shows were big flops. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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See college life in the RAH! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprenda a Sorrir See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) | (re-release) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Fred Waring was approached to play a starring role in this film, he brought his famous glee club, The Pennsylvanians, to the shoot and planned on using the college glee club from Pomona College for additional singers. When he arrived at the campus he found the Glee Club conductor was ill but his replacement was a young, energetic man named Robert Shaw. After the movie was finished, Shaw followed Waring to New York, where he founded the Collegiate Chorale and the Robert Shaw Chorale. Robert Shaw went on to be one of the most important personalities in American choral music in the 20th century. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Maine Stein Song
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Albert Sprague
(Based on "Opie" by E.A. Fenstad)
Lyrics by Lincoln Colcord
Played and Sung by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians in a medley of football songs in the finale
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Two Lane sisters debut in this collegiate musical romp
31 August 2013 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

Mindless fluff, but a lot of fun all the way through. Busby Berkeley sure knew a thing or two about troop formations. This 1930s Warner Bros. musical/comedy features a fresh cast, including Priscilla Lane, Sterling Holloway, Johnnie "Scat" Davis, Mabel Todd, and Rosemary Lane as college kids. Dick Powell is an alumnus enlisted to help stage the school show, with Ted Healy along for the ride. Lots of 1930s-era college silliness, with freshman caps, fraternity pins, sorority houses, school pride and all that. Berkeley choreographs the rah-rah finale, while the "plot" is never entirely resolved. Priscilla Lane is very cute as an enthusiastic coed and older sister Rosemary Lane is very pretty as the romantic lead.


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