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Campus Rhythm (1943)

Radio singer Joan Abbott, known as the "Crunchy-Wunchy Thrush", does not want to renew her contract with the cereal sponsor, as she wants to go to college. Her Uncle Willie signs it for her... See full summary »


Arthur Dreifuss


Charles R. Marion (screenplay), Ewart Adamson (original story) | 3 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Downs ... 'Scoop' Davis
Gale Storm ... Joan Abbott, aka Susie Smith
Robert Lowery ... Buzz O'Hara
Douglas Leavitt ... Uncle William 'Willie' Aloysius Smith (as Doug Leavitt)
Herbert Heyes ... J.P. Hartman (as Herbert Hayes)
Marie Blake ... Susie Smith - Hartman's secretary
Claudia Drake ... Cynthia Walker
GeGe Pearson GeGe Pearson ... Babs Marlow (as Gee Gee Pearson)
Johnny Duncan ... Freshie, a Freshman
Candy Candido Candy Candido ... Harold
Genevieve Grazis Genevieve Grazis ... Dancer


Radio singer Joan Abbott, known as the "Crunchy-Wunchy Thrush", does not want to renew her contract with the cereal sponsor, as she wants to go to college. Her Uncle Willie signs it for her, however, as she is under age. Taking the name and credentials of Susie Smith, the secretary of her employer, Hartman, she disappears and enrolls at Rawley College. There she meets Buzz, leading a college band, and Scoop, running a college newspaper, who induces her to become a reporter. The Crunchy-Wunchy company institute a search for Joan via a publicity stunt, and Scoop assigns Joan to write an editorial against this kind of bad publicity. The Abernathy Products Company institutes a nation-wide contest to find the best college band, and Rawley College is entered, with Babs, the band's soloist, coached by Joan. Cynthia, girl friend of Buzz, is jealous of Joan, suspects she is the missing "Crunchy-Wunchy Thrush" and notifies Uncle Willie. The night of the nation-wide band-contest broadcast, Babs ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

19 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fraternity Sweetheart See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Thursday 2 September 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), in Detroit Sunday 12 December 1948 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Los Angeles Sunday 27 February 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), and in Syracuse NY Wednesday 6 July 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8). See more »


Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?
Written by Charles Warfield and Clarence Williams
Sung by Candy Candido at the contest radio broadcast
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girl quits job and stuff happens....
5 March 2014 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Shown on Turner Classic Movies. So half the cast is thirty, playing college students, and the rest of the cast wasn't much younger. There are more musical numbers here than there is plot.... the typical college campus antics. A whole lot of singing in this shortie. Gale Storm is Joan Abbott, who is sick of her job, and for SOME reason, has to change her name and go back to college. Not quite sure why she needed to change her name... were people not allowed to quit their job in the 1940's ? They send "uncle willie" to track her down and bring her back, and we watch HIM while he watches HER exercise in the gymnasium... a little creepy. Then there's the voice gag, where Candy Candido's voice (that's a guy, not a chick) keeps going high and low, even multiple times in the same sentence. Might have been fun the first time, but the repetition gets annoying, especially when he signs "Me, Myself, and I".

Directed by Arthur Dreifuss, who also directed Riot on the Sunset Strip, which is SO much more interesting, and is based on actual events in Los Angeles. Watch that one instead.

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