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You Can't Ration Love (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 28 February 1944 (USA)
Because of the war, there aren't enough men at Adams College for all the girls, but Betty (Betty Jane Rhodes as Betty Rhodes) has no difficulties as she has a monopoly on stud-athlete Pete ... See full summary »

Director:

Lester Fuller

Writers:

Muriel Roy Bolton (story), Val Burton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Betty Jane Rhodes ... Betty Hammond (as Betty Rhodes)
Johnny Johnston ... John 'Two Point' Simpson (as Johnnie Johnston)
Marjorie Weaver ... Marian Douglas
Johnnie Davis ... Kewpie (as Johnnie 'Scat' Davis)
Marie Wilson ... Bubbles Keenan
Bill Edwards ... Pete Allen
Roland Dupree ... Pickles
Christine Forsythe Christine Forsythe ... Christine
Alfonso D'Artega Alfonso D'Artega ... Orchestra Leader (as D'Artega and His All Girl Orchestra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Wallace ... Madge (unconfirmed)
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Because of the war, there aren't enough men at Adams College for all the girls, but Betty (Betty Jane Rhodes as Betty Rhodes) has no difficulties as she has a monopoly on stud-athlete Pete (Bill Edwards). The other girls, particularly Marian (Marjorie Weaver), think this is unfair, so Marian institutes a system of rationing dates. Pete is rated as thirty points and Betty is furious as the other girls bypass the 4-F's and slide-rule geeks to save their ration points to date Pete. Betty drafts him for the Varsity Show, but when the pressure of preparing for the show hurts his studies, Marian volunteers to tutor him and has him all to herself. Scholarly John "Two-Point" Simpson (Johnny Johnston as Johnnie Johnston) auditions and, since he isn't hep to the jive, is laughed off the stage. Betty helps him and soon "Two-Point" is in the groove and makes a hit, and Betty discovers she is in love with him. The faculty cancels the date-rationing plan and Johnnie, whose point value has gone up, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A MERRY, MAD MIRTHFUL WHIRL OF COLLEGE ROMANCE...ON THE POINT SYSTEM! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - August 18, 1944 - all caps) See more »


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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Music by Lester Lee
Lyrics by Jerry Seelen
Sung by Marie Wilson and Johnnie Davis
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A very positive surprise in this funny politically incorrect movie.
6 February 2021 | by rlymzvSee all my reviews

This is a rather politically incorrect movie, meaning it shows men and women behaving more or less normally. Being a comedy, things are a bit exaggerated but a movie like this could NEVER be made today.

I purchased this movie (on DVD) just so I could look at Marjorie Weaver. I was surprised to find a humorous and very entertaining film. During World War II there was a shortage of young men. At this college, the women decided to ration the few available men. As in all rationing, the women found a way to cheat, and in some cases things backfired a bit. I wouldn't call this movie a musical although there are some entertaining musical scenes.

If you don't take this movie too seriously and just sit back and watch the craziness I think you will enjoy it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1944 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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