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Class of '44 (1973)

PG | | Drama | 10 April 1973 (USA)
The sequel to Summer of '42 (1971) reunites Hermie, Oscy and Benjie as they graduate from high school. Benjie departs shortly to war while Hermie and Oscy go on to college and experience ... See full summary »


Paul Bogart


Herman Raucher




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Grimes ... Hermie
Jerry Houser ... Oscy
Oliver Conant Oliver Conant ... Benjie
Deborah Winters ... Julie
William Atherton ... Fraternity President
Sam Bottoms ... Marty
Joe Ponazecki Joe Ponazecki ... Professor
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... Principal
Marian Waldman ... Grade Advisor
Mary Long Mary Long ... Valedictorian
Marcia Diamond Marcia Diamond ... Mrs. Gilhuly
Jeffrey Cohen Jeffrey Cohen ... Editor
Susan Marcus Susan Marcus ... Assistant Editor
Lamar Criss Lamar Criss ... 1st Proctor
Michael A. Hoey Michael A. Hoey ... 2nd Proctor


The sequel to Summer of '42 (1971) reunites Hermie, Oscy and Benjie as they graduate from high school. Benjie departs shortly to war while Hermie and Oscy go on to college and experience fraternity hazings, cheating on exams, sex scandals and other unsavory college activities. Hermie grows apart from his childhood friend Oscy and begins a relationship with Julie that allows him to settle down into maturity. Written by alfiehitchie

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The Rousing Successor to "Summer of '42" See more »




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The film is also noted for being the feature film debut of John Candy in a very brief uncredited appearance at the beginning as a high school graduate who interacts with Hermie and Oscy. See more »


Brooklyn's PCC streetcars did not have standee windows and they featured a different paint scheme than the one seen in the film. See more »


Paule: Hey, Hermie. When you going in?
Hermie: Never.
Paule: Well, what's the matter? Aren't you 1-A?
Hermie: I'm going to college. Educational deferment, first class.
Paule: Oh... well, that's very nice. I mean, that's okay.
Oscy: Cut it, Paule. If you weren't so stupid, you'd be going to college too.
Paule: Well, there's a war on. Remember?
Oscy: Yeah, I heard the rumor.
Paule: Well, if you enlist you can pick your own branch. I'm going into the Navy.
Oscy: As what? A torpedo?
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Referenced in Lou Grant: Vet (1979) See more »


Mairzy Doats
Music and Lyrics by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Performed by The Merry Macs
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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The Boys Graduate
8 September 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The kids from that summer in Nantucket in 1942 have now graduated high school in 1944. Gary Grimes and Jerry Houser go off to college while Oliver Conant enlists in the Marines.

From a good dramatic coming of age story with Michel Legrand's great Oscar winning score for the Summer of 31, Class Of 44 is a raher pedestrian story that doesn't seem to have a point. The two college kids feel guilty about their third musketeer off to war as well as otherfamily members. Houser who's no kind of student quits and enlists in the army. Grimes is left alone and gets involved with rich and spoiled Deborah Winters.

The ending is minor and low keyed and one is left with wondering what is it I just saw?

Good actors just plain defeated by a pointless story.

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10 April 1973 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »


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