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College Scandal (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | 21 June 1935 (USA)
Julie Fresnel is a co-ed at Redgate University and her father, Dr. Henri Fresnel, is the new French professor. Julie's attraction from the male students drops a bit when two of her admirers... See full summary »


Elliott Nugent


Beulah Marie Dix (story), Bertram Millhauser (story) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arline Judge ... Sally Dunlap
Kent Taylor ... Seth Dunlap
Wendy Barrie ... Julie Fresnel
William Frawley ... Chief of Police Magoun
Benny Baker ... 'Cuffie' Lewis
William 'Billy' Benedict ... 'Penny' Parker (as William Benedict)
Mary Nash ... Mrs. Fresnel
Edward J. Nugent ... Jake Lansing (as Edward Nugent)
William Stack William Stack ... Dr. Henri Fresnel
Johnny Downs ... Paul Gedney
Robert Kent ... Dan Courtridge (as Douglas Blackley)
Joyce Compton ... Toby Carpenter
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Cummings
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Dean Traynor
Edith Arnold Edith Arnold ... Posey


Julie Fresnel is a co-ed at Redgate University and her father, Dr. Henri Fresnel, is the new French professor. Julie's attraction from the male students drops a bit when two of her admirers are found murdered. When an attempt on the life of a third one is made. Seth Dunlap, an instructor at the school, decides to turn detective and find the killer. Assisted by his sister, who is in love with the third student, Dunlap begins to follow the the small trail of clues left by the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A murder mystery that will baffle the most expert mystery story fan! (original ad) See more »


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Release Date:

21 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Clock Strikes Eight See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of the song "In the Middle of a Kiss" was suggested by actor Fuzzy Knight. See more »


Remade as Sweater Girl (1942) See more »


In the Middle of a Kiss
by Sam Coslow
Sung by Johnny Downs and Arline Judge
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"And I would have gotten away with it too if not for those darn kids!"
2 May 2016 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This is a very enjoyable combination college campus murder mystery, romance, and a comedy with even some musical numbers thrown in. You wouldn't think these things would mix together that well, but this film really works. Maybe the reason it is buried in obscurity is that there are no real stars in the film.

Arline Judge plays Sally, younger sister to chemistry professor Seth, who is seeing Julie Fresnel, secretly, because her stepfather, also a professor at the college and Seth's boss, is very strict. Meanwhile, Sally pines for Jake, who only has eyes for Julie, not knowing about Seth - or seeming to at least. In the middle of all of this college angst, the editor of the college newspaper is found dead by poison. His death is ruled a suicide, in spite of the fact he was in the best of spirits prior to his death. But then Paul, who is singing remotely through the phone attached to a loudspeaker a new song he has composed for the college show to the others across campus who are in rehearsal, makes a gurgling sound and stops singing. Everyone runs to his side and finds him strangled. No chance of suicide here. So now people are rethinking the suicide verdict and believe there is a homicidal maniac on the loose, picking random victims among the coeds. Or are they random? Who will be next? This is when Sally goes into full "Scoobie" mode and begins doing some detecting of her own. She and Chief of Police Magoun (William Frawley) make an odd couple of detectives, but they seem to respect each other in this task, with Magoun recognizing Sally's good attention to detail and access to details about relationships among the coeds he does not have. The film takes the trouble to add some odd characters and odd truncated conversations that made me wonder - is this a red herring or does this have something to do with the plot? Who did it? Will there be more victims? Watch and find out.

Arline Judge is just great here. She is not beautiful, but she is cute, and the adventurous spirit and energy that she projects make her a very good lead in this film. Director Elliot Nugent never won any Academy Awards for his work, but he was very good at directing B films that were entertaining and fast paced, such as this one. Give this one a try if it comes your way, it is definitely worth your time.

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