Collegiate (1935)

75 or 80 mins | Musical | 27 December 1935

Director:

Ralph Murphy

Producer:

Louis D. Lighton

Cinematographer:

William C. Mellor

Editor:

Doane Harrison

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, John Goodman

Production Company:

Paramount Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

Alice Duer Miller's novel was serialized in SEP (21 Jun--5 Jul 1929). A pre-release article mentions that Peggy Hopkins Joyce was cast as a charm teacher, however, her participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Also based on the same source are Paramount's 1921 film The Charm School , directed by James Cruze and starring Wallace Reid and Lila Lee, and Paramount's 1928 film Someone To Love , directed by F. Richard Jones and starring Charles Buddy Rogers and Mary Brian (see entries above and ... More Less

Alice Duer Miller's novel was serialized in SEP (21 Jun--5 Jul 1929). A pre-release article mentions that Peggy Hopkins Joyce was cast as a charm teacher, however, her participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Also based on the same source are Paramount's 1921 film The Charm School , directed by James Cruze and starring Wallace Reid and Lila Lee, and Paramount's 1928 film Someone To Love , directed by F. Richard Jones and starring Charles Buddy Rogers and Mary Brian (see entries above and below). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
23 Jan 36
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 35
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 35
pp. 5-6 (ad).
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jan 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Dec 35
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Sep 35
p. 346.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Dec 35
p. 64.
New York Times
23 Jan 36
p. 25.
Variety
29 Jan 36
p. 16.
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the novel "The Charm School" by Alice Duer Miller (New York, 1919) and the play of the same name by Alice Duer Miller and Robert Milton (New York, 20 Aug 1920).
SONGS
"I Feel Like a Feather in the Breeze," "My Grandfather's Clock," "Rhythmatic," "Who Am I," "You Hit the Spot" and "Will I Ever Know?" music and lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 December 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 January 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6041
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 80
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1663
SYNOPSIS

Spendthrift playboy Jerry Craig inherits an unsuccessful girls school from his now deceased aunt, who hoped to teach him responsibility. He reluctantly decides to run the school with the help of his press agent "Scoop" Oakland and friend "Sour-Puss." On the way to the school, they meet Joe, a wealthy amnesiac who believes he is Australian polo star Thomas J. Bloodgood, and use his money in exchange for a percentage of the school's earnings. After reviewing the old curriculum and strict regime, Jerry decides to renovate the place into a charm school. To secure a loan, Jerry uses Joe's prestigious, albeit mistaken, identity of Bloodgood as collateral. He hires famous performers as instructors and advertises in glamor magazines around the world. The school becomes an overwhelming success. Prim secretary Juliet Hay is smitten with Jerry and undergoes a transformation to attract his attention. Jerry indeed notices, but is engaged to society girl Eunice Holman. Joe falls in love with Dorothy, a student, who identifies with his lack of identity because she is an orphan. When Jerry sees a photograph of Thomas Bloodgood in the newspaper, he realizes that all the checks Joe has written are worthless and gets drunk. Juliet confesses to being in love with him, but also that she has lost interest because of his cowardice and drunkenness. Inspired by her reprimand, Jerry and Sour-Puss try to determine Joe's true identity. Jerry proceeds with commencement, which consists of a music and dance review, despite the fact that Detective Brown has come to investigate Joe's checks. Brown reveals that Joe is actually Joe Penner, who has been ... +


Spendthrift playboy Jerry Craig inherits an unsuccessful girls school from his now deceased aunt, who hoped to teach him responsibility. He reluctantly decides to run the school with the help of his press agent "Scoop" Oakland and friend "Sour-Puss." On the way to the school, they meet Joe, a wealthy amnesiac who believes he is Australian polo star Thomas J. Bloodgood, and use his money in exchange for a percentage of the school's earnings. After reviewing the old curriculum and strict regime, Jerry decides to renovate the place into a charm school. To secure a loan, Jerry uses Joe's prestigious, albeit mistaken, identity of Bloodgood as collateral. He hires famous performers as instructors and advertises in glamor magazines around the world. The school becomes an overwhelming success. Prim secretary Juliet Hay is smitten with Jerry and undergoes a transformation to attract his attention. Jerry indeed notices, but is engaged to society girl Eunice Holman. Joe falls in love with Dorothy, a student, who identifies with his lack of identity because she is an orphan. When Jerry sees a photograph of Thomas Bloodgood in the newspaper, he realizes that all the checks Joe has written are worthless and gets drunk. Juliet confesses to being in love with him, but also that she has lost interest because of his cowardice and drunkenness. Inspired by her reprimand, Jerry and Sour-Puss try to determine Joe's true identity. Jerry proceeds with commencement, which consists of a music and dance review, despite the fact that Detective Brown has come to investigate Joe's checks. Brown reveals that Joe is actually Joe Penner, who has been missing for months, and that no matter how he signed his checks, the money is good. Jerry turns the school over to Juliet's supervision, and then announces his engagement to her. +

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