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Here Come the Co-eds (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Sport | 2 February 1945 (USA)
Two bumblers become caretakers at an all-girls college. During their misadventures, the duo raise money to free the school from its traditionally-minded landlord.


Jean Yarbrough


Edmund L. Hartmann (original story), John Grant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Slats McCarthy
Lou Costello ... Oliver Quackenbush
Peggy Ryan ... Patty Gayle
Martha O'Driscoll ... Molly McCarthy
June Vincent ... Diane Kirkland
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Johnson (as Lon Chaney)
Donald Cook ... Dean Larry Benson
Charles Dingle ... Jonathan Kirkland
Richard Lane ... Near-sighted Man at Ballroom
Joe Kirk ... Honest Dan Murphy the Bookie
Bill Stern Bill Stern ... Bill Stern - Sports Announcer
Phil Spitalny Phil Spitalny ... Orchestra Leader
Evelyn Kaye Klein Evelyn Kaye Klein ... Evelyn (as Evelyn and Her Magic Violin)
Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra ... Orchestra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Miss Holford (unconfirmed)


Two bumblers become caretakers at an all-girls college. During their misadventures, the duo raise money to free the school from its traditionally-minded landlord.

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Comedy | Music | Sport


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Did You Know?


Lou Costello, in his youth a basketball player who specialized in dead-eye free-throw shooting, pumped in many of the shots himself during the film's basketball game. See more »


The film's title is a misnomer. A "co-ed" is a female student attending a gender-mixed college -- but Bixby is an all-girl school and therefore none of its students are co-eds. See more »


Oliver Quackenbush: I really don't like dancing because it's nothing but hugging set to music.
Woman in Trailer: What don't you like about it?
Oliver Quackenbush: The music.
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References Dutiful But Dumb (1941) See more »


The Head of the Class
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Edgar Fairchild
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Peggy Ryan and Lou Costello Are Adorable Together
10 October 2007 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

The really amazing thing in this film is the progressive nature of the treatment of women's education. The film argues that women should be given equal education to men, a progressive, if not radical position in 1946.

There are a number of wonderful elements in this movie that raise it a notch above the average A and B comedy. Peggy Ryan is absolutely delightful as Costello's love interest. Lou makes the hilarious observation that he feels like Donald O'Connor. Apparently Peggy and Donald were in a series of popular movies just before this time, so the reference is to that fact. Peggy is perfectly cast as she mirrors Lou's innocent boyish quality with her own innocent girlish quality. Peggy's character's name is Patty and I would wager that Charles Schulz's Peppermint Patty character comes from the character in this movie.

The dropping of the handkerchief bit is still hilarious and Costello's trick basketball shooting while in drag is quite enjoyable.

Altogether, it is a delightful mixture which works on many levels. I would put it just below "Time of Their Lives" and "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" as my favorite A and B film.

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Release Date:

2 February 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Here Come the Co-eds See more »


Box Office


$717,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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