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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annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date...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 »

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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 W. Bubbles ... 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annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date, and who won't even let the new "swing" music be played in the show.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 »

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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

Fred Waring created an archive for his music library, recordings, photographs, films, correspondence and ephemera in the Special Collections department in the library at Pennsylvania State University. See more »

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

Soundtracks

I'm Dependable
(1937)
Music by Tom Waring
Lyrics by Don Raye
Played by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians (uncredited) at the dance
Sung and Danced by Fred Waring (uncredited) and Priscilla Lane (uncredited)
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A Few Footnotes
16 June 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

No need to repeat details exhaustively provided by other reviewers. I caught the 80-minute truncated version on TCM and it's a shame despite the lively cast and Berkeley's big production number. Comparing the playlist with what's on screen, most of the musical numbers that survived the edit appear condensed into the closing medley of songs—hardly a fair representation. And what's left intact is musically pleasant but hardly memorable. Generally, the same can be said of the truncated movie as a whole.

(In passing—note the rebellious college students impatient with the stodgy musical tastes of their elders. Seems like musical rebellion among the young extends further back than the 1950's and Elvis. More obscurely-- note how the kids at one juncture perform a brief sit-down strike to make their point. The year is 1937, the same period as the historic General Motors Sitdown Strike of 1936-37. Looks to me like a topical reference even in a movie piece of fluff.)


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