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Girls' School (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 September 1938 (USA)
A student monitor at a girls' school reports one of the popular girls for staying out late and faces the scorn of her fellow pupils.

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Tess Slesinger (screen play), Richard Sherman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Shirley ... Natalie Freeman
Nan Grey ... Linda Simpson
Ralph Bellamy ... Michael Hendragin
Dorothy Moore ... Betty Fleet
Gloria Holden ... Miss Laurel
Marjorie Main ... Miss Armstrong
Margaret Tallichet ... Gwennie
Peggy Moran ... Myra
Kenneth Howell ... Edgar
Noah Beery Jr. ... George
Cecil Cunningham ... Miss Brewster
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Simpson
Doris Kenyon ... Mrs. Simpson
Heather Thatcher ... Miss Brackett
Virginia Howell ... Miss MacBeth
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A student monitor at a girls' school reports one of the popular girls for staying out late and faces the scorn of her fellow pupils.

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With 50 beautiful stars of tomorrow.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Romantic Age See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ann Doran (Miss Smith) and Franklin Pangborn (M'sieur) are in studio records/casting call lists for those roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

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Good Night Ladies
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Rich Girl, Poor Girl
15 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

While on monitor duty at Magnolia Hall's school for girls, poor Anne Shirley (as Natalie Freeman) catches rich Nan Grey (as Linda Simpson) sneaking in at seven o'clock in the morning, apparently after an all-nighter with poet boyfriend Kenneth Howell (as Edgar). Due to Ms. Shirley's reluctant tattling and some squealing from gossipy roommate Dorothy Moore (as Betty Fleet), Ms. Grey's delinquent romance results in an expulsion hearing. Thanks to student government support and her wealthy parents, Grey wins. Then, she plans her revenge against Shirley, not knowing her enemy is really a swell girl...

This film looks like it was aimed squarely at teenagers. Shirley and Grey participate in the usual schoolgirl silliness. Mr. Howell and Noah Berry Jr. (as George) contrast refined and rough well. The young woman look more like aspiring models than teenagers - they have "lingerie" scenes and bounce around, so both boys and girls in the 1930s would have been delighted. The "older" audience is represented by spinsterish 29-year-old teacher Gloria Holden (as Miss Laurel), who has a romance with Ralph Bellamy (as Michael Hendragin). While third billed, Mr. Bellamy's appearance could be described as a cameo.

**** Girls' School (9/30/38) John Brahm ~ Anne Shirley, Nan Grey, Kenneth Howell, Noah Berry Jr.


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