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Campus Cinderella (1938)

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This musical comedy has a popular basketball star playing for a different college than what his father wanted after he falls in love with a co-ed.


Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)


Lee Katz (screenplay), George Ade (based on a story by)


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Complete credited cast:
Johnnie Davis ... Johnny Morton
Penny Singleton ... Marge Stanhope
Anthony Averill ... Larry Howard
Oscar O'Shea ... Horace Howard


Darford College is renowned for its academic record but not for its abysmal athletics program, as the college's President Stanhope refuses to lower the college's academic requirements just to pander to sports stars. He even refuses to pander to the Board of Trustees who give him an ultimatum of improving the sports programs or be fired. Wanting to help her father, Marge Stanhope, with a little help from her friend Johnny Morton, believes she, using her feminine wiles, can save her father's job by luring star basketball player Larry Howard to Darford. Beyond Larry wanting or not wanting to attend Darford, Marge faces other obstacles in achieving her goal including Larry not having the academic requirements to enter Darford, and Larry's father, philanthropist Horace Howard, who wants Larry given an "easy ride" academically or else play for Darford's rival, Lorimer College. Written by Huggo

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Short | Musical | Comedy







Release Date:

17 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1938-1939 season) #1: Campus Cinderella See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #8809-8810. See more »


Darford Victory March
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by a chorus during the opening credits, at the bonfire rally and at the end
Played often in the score
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Silly Romp
11 March 2005 | by ehingsSee all my reviews

How typical is Campus Cinderella of comedy shorts of the late thirties? The songs were far too earnest, the acting so far over the top that I wonder, still, if I loathe or love this film.

The two-strip (I'd hazard) Technicolor firmly pegs the film in its era, as does the cartoon acting style, and the pervasive swing-era ethos.

This film is included as a special feature on the 2005 special edition DVD release of "Bringing Up Baby". The madcap sensibilities of the two mesh, and seeing Campus Cinderella helped me better appreciate Baby.

It's fun to watch. The campus antics; the prehistoric basketball; the campy singing and dancing; even the splotchy, saturated color made this an enjoyable waste of 19 minutes of my time. Even if I decide I hated the film.

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