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8 Girls in a Boat (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 5 January 1934 (USA)
In an exclusive Swiss school for young girls, Christa Storm discovers she is going to have a baby, and keeps the secret from everyone but her lover, David Perrin, a young medical student. ... See full summary »


Richard Wallace


Helmut Brandis (story), Lewis R. Foster (adaptation) (as Lewis Foster) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Wilson ... Christa Storm
Douglass Montgomery ... David Perrin
Kay Johnson ... Hannah
Walter Connolly ... Storm
Ferike Boros ... Frau Kruger
James Bush ... Paul Lang
Barbara Barondess ... Pickles
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Smallman
Jennifer Gray Jennifer Gray ... The Strange One
Ruth Heinaman Ruth Heinaman ... Goggles
Baby Peggy ... Hortense (as Peggy Montgomery)
Margaret Marquis ... Elizabeth
Dorothy Drake Dorothy Drake ... The Naughty
Kathleen Fitz Kathleen Fitz ... The Ritzy
Phyllis Ludwig Phyllis Ludwig ... The Cry-Baby


In an exclusive Swiss school for young girls, Christa Storm discovers she is going to have a baby, and keeps the secret from everyone but her lover, David Perrin, a young medical student. Having been in the private school most of her life, she can't confide in her father whom she hardly knows and, while he wishes to but can't afford to marry her, David can't get the approval of his father. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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5 January 1934 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to contemporary news reports, the largely unknown female cast was selected via scouting in eight major U.S. cities. A total of eighteen young women were brought to Hollywood and screen-tested. See more »


Version of Acht Mädels im Boot (1932) See more »


This Little Piggy Went to Market
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Music by Harold Lewis
Copyright 1933 by DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Inc.
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Get In The Boat
19 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Dorothy Wilson is a student at an exclusive girl's school. She is a good student and a member of the shell racing crew. She is also pregnant by chemistry student Douglass Montgomery. When he goes to her father, Walter Connolly, asking to marry her without telling him why, Connolly assumes it is for his money. When butch gym instructor Kay Johnson finds out Miss Wilson has been lying to her, but not why, she punishes the girl.

It's based on the 1932 German movie, "Acht Mädels im Boot" and it certainly shows its Germanic roots at the beginning with its young women in uniform, moving in geometric patterns and under strict discipline, all suggesting "Mädchen in Uniform". Although it was a bit slow, I found it a heartfelt and humanistic tale in the end.

Fans of old movies will want to note that this is the first screen appearance of Jean Rogers. Peggy Montgomery, formerly a major child star as 'Baby Peggy' of the silent era, also has a substantial role. Now known as Diana Serra Carey, she is still alive at 100 as I write this.

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