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Spring Madness (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 11 November 1938 (USA)
In their last semester at Harvard, Sam Thatcher and his roommate, who is nicknamed "The Lippencott", have grand ideas of seeing the remote corners of the world, they having booked passage ... See full summary »

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S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Edward Chodorov (screen play), Philip Barry (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Alexandra Benson
Lew Ayres ... Sam Thatcher
Ruth Hussey ... Kate McKim
Burgess Meredith ... The Lippencott
Ann Morriss ... Frances
Joyce Compton ... Sally Prescott
Julie Bishop ... Mady Platt (as Jacqueline Wells)
Frank Albertson ... Hat
Truman Bradley ... Walter Beckett
Marjorie Gateson ... Miss Ritchie
Renie Riano ... Mildred (as Renee Riano)
Sterling Holloway ... Buck
Dick Baldwin ... Doc
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In their last semester at Harvard, Sam Thatcher and his roommate, who is nicknamed "The Lippencott", have grand ideas of seeing the remote corners of the world, they having booked passage on a freighter from New York to Siberia, the trip immediately after they graduate. They plan to live and observe the economic life there for two years before they settle down. They've had such plans since they were freshmen, not wanting to be tied down to the American rat race immediately following graduation. Sam, however, has not mentioned any of these plans to his girlfriend, Alex Benson, also a student in her final semester at the New England College for Women. Alex wants Sam to attend the college's spring dance with her to be able to show him off to the other girls, the dance a rite of passage to a serious commitment. Sam doesn't want to lead Alex on by attending but also doesn't want to miss one last opportunity to see her. His plan to graduate and attend the dance hits a snag when the sailing ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinq jeunes filles endiablées See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Philip Barry's play, "Spring Dance", opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 25 August 1936 and had 24 performances. The opening night cast included José Ferrer (The Lippencott), Tom Neal (Doc Boyd), Philip Ober (Walter Beckett) and Mary Wickes (Mildred). See more »

Quotes

Kate 'Katie' McKim: And what is man but woman's last domesticated animal?!
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Soundtracks

The Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Music and Lyric by Joseph Winner
Played on harmonica by J.M. Kerrigan and sung by Maureen O'Sullivan and other patrons of Maloney's
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It gets better
15 January 2010 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

This one starts out rather silly. The premise is that a college girl is in love with a college boy who wants to go to Russia for two years. She doesn't want to force herself on him but her friends will do anything to get them together. At first the whole thing looks and feels ludicrous. The stereotypes of the black porters today are insulting. The women - Maureen O'Sullivan, Ruth Hussey, Ann Morriss, Joyce Compton, and Julie Bishop (here credited as Jacqueline Wells) - are all gorgeous of course, more like models than college girls. Lew Ayres plays the would-be wanderer and Burgess Meredith his friend in tow. Everybody is a bit too old for the parts but as the film progresses somehow this becomes irrelevant as the comedic elements begin to overshadow the shortcomings. The first to look out for is the gym scene where O'Sullivan coyly agrees with everything Ayres says while he tries to convince her (and himself) of the nobility of his plans. O'Sullivan floats around the gym in her trademark elfin way and you wonder how this poor man can resist her. Joyce Compton, as the ditsy blonde, has several moments such as her overt manipulation of the police chief. Also throughout the film Hussey's presence is elemental. She, perhaps more than O'Sullivan, contributes to its enjoyment. Her strong, wise-cracking portrayal makes you forget this is a terribly outdated sexist story and you begin to enjoy it for what it is: silly fun! One last scene to point out. The look on Ayres' face when he sees his car has been taken apart is priceless. Of course don't bother to ask how that was done with bare hands and in about ten minutes. That would spoil the magic.


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