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Varsity Show (1937)

Approved | | Musical | 4 September 1937 (USA)
Winfield College students who are trying to put together the annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Richard Macaulay (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Charles 'Chuck' Daly
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ... Fred Waring Orchestra
Ted Healy ... William Williams
Rosemary Lane ... Barbara 'Babs' Steward
Priscilla Lane ... Betty Bradley
Walter Catlett ... Professor Sylvester Biddle
Johnnie Davis ... Buzz Bolton (as Johnny Davis)
Ford Washington Lee Ford Washington Lee ... Buck (as Buck)
John W. Bubbles ... Bubbles (as Bubbles)
Fred Waring ... Ernie Mason
Sterling Holloway ... Trout
Mabel Todd ... Cuddles
Scotty Bates Scotty Bates ... Scotty
George MacFarland George MacFarland ... Hap
Poley McClintock ... Poley
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Storyline

Winfield College students who are trying to put together the annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date, and who won't even let the new "swing" music be played in the show. They decide to get ahold of a former student who is now a big Broadway star and have him direct their show. What they don't know is that this "star's" last three shows were big flops. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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See college life in the RAH! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprenda a Sorrir See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print) | (re-release) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Fred Waring was approached to play a starring role in this film, he brought his famous glee club, The Pennsylvanians, to the shoot and planned on using the college glee club from Pomona College for additional singers. When he arrived at the campus he found the Glee Club conductor was ill but his replacement was a young, energetic man named Robert Shaw. After the movie was finished, Shaw followed Waring to New York, where he founded the Collegiate Chorale and the Robert Shaw Chorale. Robert Shaw went on to be one of the most important personalities in American choral music in the 20th century. See more »

Connections

Referenced in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Fight On
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Milo Sweet
Lyrics by Milo Sweet and Glen Grant
Played and Sung by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians in a medley of football songs in the finale
(USC's official fight song)
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Dated But Fun
11 June 2013 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This movie probably won't appeal to anyone under the age of 50 - the generation gap is too great. College boys in shirts and ties, girls in saddle shoes and calf-length skirts, and riding around in 'jalopies' with topical slogans on them - not today. And the cast of this picture contains some of the oldest college kids ever seen on campus. But, if you are of a certain age, it all works.

There is a great deal of energy in each scene, which is how it would be on a college campus, and there are some very tuneful songs to be found, although most of them forgotten. The most durable is probably "She's Working Her Way Through College", but several others were written by Richard Whiting and Johnny Mercer. In addition, here is a chance to see Buck and Bubbles, a legendary song and dance team. They differed from the Nicholas Brothers, who were strictly dancers. Buck and Bubbles both sang, both danced and both played the piano, hence a more talented team.

The story is unimportant, about Dick Powell returning to his alma mater to help put on a show, but the cast is good and the pace is brisk. Two of the Lane sisters are the female leads opposite Powell and comic relief is done in heavy-handed fashion by Ted Healy. There is also lots of able support, and there is a great finale provided by none other than Busby Berkeley. There is lots to like in "Varsity Show", a better-than-average musical of its kind.


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