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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 »

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (screen play), Mary Chase (from the story "Chi House" by) (as Mary Coyle Chase)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adolescência See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I Must See Annie Tonight
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Cliff Friend
Lyrics by Dave Franklin
Sung by the fraternity boys
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Fluffy film about snobbish sororities is a pleasant trifle easily forgotten...
2 September 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ANNE SHIRLEY and JAMES ELLISON are the romantic leads in this trifle directed by John Farrow about a nice young girl who learns her lessons at college the hard way--by attempting to fit into the sorority scene when she comes from a humble background and is not a girl of wealth as the other girls are falsely told.

Shirley and Ellison make a pleasant twosome but their roles are one-dimensional after they meet in the usual Hollywood "by accident" way. He's the campus hero who helps her learn the ins and outs of campus life. Anne Shirley made this film the same year that she tested for Melanie in GWTW and her sweetness appears natural here. But, as usual, her roles seldom became more demanding than requiring a sweet presence, limiting her opportunities as an actress.

Surprisingly, Dalton Trumbo wrote the script and Nicholas Musuraca was behind the camera but it's just an RKO trifle easily forgotten.


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