College Swing (1938)

85-86 or 88 mins | Musical | 29 April 1938

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Jackie Coogan and Betty Grable were married when this film was ... More Less

Jackie Coogan and Betty Grable were married when this film was made. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Apr 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Apr 38
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 37
pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 38
pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Apr 38
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Feb 38
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Apr 38
p. 33.
New York Times
28 Apr 38
p. 27.
Variety
27 Apr 38
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus adviser
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
SONGS
"How'ja Like to Love Me?" and "Moments Like This," words and music by Burton Lane and Frank Loesser
"I Fall in Love with You Everyday," "You're a Natural" and "The Old School Bell," words and music by Frank Loesser and Manning Sherwin
"College Swing," words and music by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael
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SONGS
"How'ja Like to Love Me?" and "Moments Like This," words and music by Burton Lane and Frank Loesser
"I Fall in Love with You Everyday," "You're a Natural" and "The Old School Bell," words and music by Frank Loesser and Manning Sherwin
"College Swing," words and music by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael
"What a Rumba Does to Romance," composer undetermined.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
29 April 1938
Production Date:
mid November 1937--early January 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 April 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8011
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85-86 or 88
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3988
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1738 in Aldentown, Gracie Alden fails to graduate from college for the ninth consecutive year and her grandfather, founder of the college, wills it to the first female Alden progeny to graduate. Two hundred years later, Gracie's namesake is again about to lose her inheritance, which will be forever forfeited to the city. Bud Brady offers to tutor her for $10,000, to be paid by the Guarantee Trust Company, which controls the university's mortgage. Guarantee Trust is owned by Hubert Dash, an Alden descendant who has a chronic fear of women and who will prepare Gracie's final exam. Hubert's secretary, George Jones, shares Hubert's fear of women. Meanwhile, Dash's nephew, Martin Bates, must serenade Ginna Ashburn, daughter of the university president, for a fraternity initiation and is caught shirtless by the prudish Dean Sleet. On the day of the final, George conducts the exam in Hubert's absence. Gracie, equipped by Bud with a cheat-sheet, passes by guessing answers off his laundry bill. Finally the owner of the university, Gracie appoints herself "Dean of Men," abolishes all entrance exams, and hires a new faculty of incompetent "kooks." Hoping to avoid the school's sinking reputation, Martin's guardians at Guarantee Trust ask him to transfer to Oxford, while Ginna's father resigns. Having sworn his love to Ginna, Martin promises to talk to his uncle, but Hubert, using a misogynistic syllogism, deduces that all women are schemers and threatens to retract Gracie's university land grant pending a new examination. Meanwhile, Bud gets the new faculty femme fatale to sneak into Hubert's room and scare him out of town. Gracie, overhearing their ... +


In 1738 in Aldentown, Gracie Alden fails to graduate from college for the ninth consecutive year and her grandfather, founder of the college, wills it to the first female Alden progeny to graduate. Two hundred years later, Gracie's namesake is again about to lose her inheritance, which will be forever forfeited to the city. Bud Brady offers to tutor her for $10,000, to be paid by the Guarantee Trust Company, which controls the university's mortgage. Guarantee Trust is owned by Hubert Dash, an Alden descendant who has a chronic fear of women and who will prepare Gracie's final exam. Hubert's secretary, George Jones, shares Hubert's fear of women. Meanwhile, Dash's nephew, Martin Bates, must serenade Ginna Ashburn, daughter of the university president, for a fraternity initiation and is caught shirtless by the prudish Dean Sleet. On the day of the final, George conducts the exam in Hubert's absence. Gracie, equipped by Bud with a cheat-sheet, passes by guessing answers off his laundry bill. Finally the owner of the university, Gracie appoints herself "Dean of Men," abolishes all entrance exams, and hires a new faculty of incompetent "kooks." Hoping to avoid the school's sinking reputation, Martin's guardians at Guarantee Trust ask him to transfer to Oxford, while Ginna's father resigns. Having sworn his love to Ginna, Martin promises to talk to his uncle, but Hubert, using a misogynistic syllogism, deduces that all women are schemers and threatens to retract Gracie's university land grant pending a new examination. Meanwhile, Bud gets the new faculty femme fatale to sneak into Hubert's room and scare him out of town. Gracie, overhearing their scheme, goes to warn Hubert and they fall in love. The next day when Gracie's exam is broadcast on national radio, Bud feeds her the answers through headphones and is discovered. Gracie then resolves to be herself and returns the university to Ashburn, to the relief of Ginna and Martin, and confesses her marriage to Hubert the previous night. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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