Varsity Show (1937)

120 mins | Musical | 4 September 1937

Director:

William Keighley

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

George Amy

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Sisters Rosemary and Priscilla Lane were regular members of the Fred Waring Orchestra and made their screen debut in this film. Dance director Busby Berkeley received an Academy Award nomination for his work on "The Finale" number. ... More Less

Sisters Rosemary and Priscilla Lane were regular members of the Fred Waring Orchestra and made their screen debut in this film. Dance director Busby Berkeley received an Academy Award nomination for his work on "The Finale" number. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Aug 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Aug 37
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 37
p. 17.
Motion Picture Daily
11 Aug 37
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
29 May 37
p. 41.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Jul 37
pp. 16-17.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Aug 37
p. 55.
New York Times
2 Sep 37
p. 17.
Variety
11 Aug 37
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Finale photog by
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Vocal arr by
Vocal arr by
Orch arr by
Orch arr by
Orch arr by
DANCE
Finale created and dir by
SOURCES
SONGS
"On with the Dance," "Love Is on the Air Tonight," "You've Got Something There," "Moonlight on the Campus," "Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?," "Old King Cole," "We're Working Our Way Through College," "When Your College Days Are Gone," "Let That Be a Lesson To You" and "Gasoline Gypsies," music and lyrics by Dick Whiting and Johnny Mercer
"I'm Dependable," music and lyrics by Tom Waring and Don Raye
"Little Fraternity Pin," music and lyrics by Roy Ringwald and Paul Gibbon.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 September 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 July 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7386
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
120
Length(in reels):
13
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3393
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The annual Varsity Show at Winfield College is shaping up to be rather dull under the uninspired direction of Professor Sylvester Biddle. In order to save the show and the Quadrangle Club that it supports, the students raise some money and approach former student, and current Broadway producer, Chuck Daly, with a request to take over the reins. As his last season has been disastrous, Daly agrees and arrives at Winfield with his manager, William Williams. Biddle has his own ideas, however, and refuses to let Chuck take over. Chuck is about to leave when he hears Barbara Stewart sing at the dance that evening. He is immediately attracted to Babs, as she is known, and he decides to stay. The students work with Chuck, but Biddle will stop at nothing to get rid of him. When the students try to give Biddle the mumps, he retaliates by giving a special exam that all the students manage to pass with the help of Betty Bradley, the smartest student on campus. Eventually, Biddle convinces the college administration that the production should be a college affair and he remains in charge. Chuck leaves, but the students find out the truth about his financial state and they decide to take their show to Broadway. They take over a dark theater and even the police who arrive to evict them are won over by the show. Their success ensures Chuck's future as a ... +


The annual Varsity Show at Winfield College is shaping up to be rather dull under the uninspired direction of Professor Sylvester Biddle. In order to save the show and the Quadrangle Club that it supports, the students raise some money and approach former student, and current Broadway producer, Chuck Daly, with a request to take over the reins. As his last season has been disastrous, Daly agrees and arrives at Winfield with his manager, William Williams. Biddle has his own ideas, however, and refuses to let Chuck take over. Chuck is about to leave when he hears Barbara Stewart sing at the dance that evening. He is immediately attracted to Babs, as she is known, and he decides to stay. The students work with Chuck, but Biddle will stop at nothing to get rid of him. When the students try to give Biddle the mumps, he retaliates by giving a special exam that all the students manage to pass with the help of Betty Bradley, the smartest student on campus. Eventually, Biddle convinces the college administration that the production should be a college affair and he remains in charge. Chuck leaves, but the students find out the truth about his financial state and they decide to take their show to Broadway. They take over a dark theater and even the police who arrive to evict them are won over by the show. Their success ensures Chuck's future as a producer. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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