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Sorority House (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 5 May 1939 (USA)
Anne Shirley plays Alice Fisher-the daughter of a small grocer who at the last minute gets to go to little Talbot College. She learns that joining a sorority is an essential thing at the ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Anne Shirley ... Alice Fisher
James Ellison ... Bill Loomis
Barbara Read ... Dotty Spencer
Pamela Blake ... Merle Scott (as Adele Pearce)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Lew Fisher
Helen Wood ... Mme. President - Martha Lanigan
Doris Davenport ... Neva Simpson (as Doris Jordan)
June Storey ... Norma Hancock
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Scott
Margaret Armstrong ... Mrs. Pettingell Dawson
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Grant
Chill Wills ... Mr. Johnson


Anne Shirley plays Alice Fisher-the daughter of a small grocer who at the last minute gets to go to little Talbot College. She learns that joining a sorority is an essential thing at the school. Unfortunately her late admission means that none of the sororities know about Alice and initially she is not even rushed. Fortunately her roommates have their own sorority problems and she soon falls in love with the BMOC. Written by Jeffrey Ewing

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

5 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

AdolescĂȘncia See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »


I Must See Annie Tonight
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Cliff Friend
Lyrics by Dave Franklin
Sung by the fraternity boys
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26 September 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Sentimental B-movie about a small town girl named Alice (played by Anne Shirley), daughter of a grocer and devoted daddy's girl, whose father gives her a big surprise - he is sending her to college, her dream of dreams. Moving into a boarding house near campus, she is soon immersed in the most important thing in the world to all the females at her college - rush week for the campus sororities. Alice has two roommates - one, a plain, bookish sophomore, ignored in last's year's freshman rush - the other a girl who longs to be pledged by the all-important "Gamma" sorority. Well even though some of these sorority girls *are* big snobs, more concerned with how much money a girl's family has than her character - our Alice still HOPES she will be invited to join one of these sororities. When she meets and romances, almost the very first day, hunky Bill, "Big Shot On Campus" - he just may be able to give the push she needs to make her dream come true.

Okay, this film is fluff, with a very silly plot - and yes, the women at this college look more like starlets strolling around a studio backlot than college students. But - Anne Shirley is such a very lovely young actress with an endearing quality about her and is *such* an expert at playing this sweet girl/perfect daughter type, she just manages to add enough charm to this to make it work. There is a nice relationship shown between Anne Shirley's character and her all-wise father, played by J.M. Kerrigan. The ending is predictable, yet satisfying. A decent film, much better than I was expecting - worth seeing.

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