Sorority House (1939)

63 mins | Drama | 5 May 1939

Director:

John Farrow

Writer:

Dalton Trumbo

Producer:

Robert Sisk

Cinematographer:

Nicholas Musuraca

Editor:

Harry Marker

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Chi House . A modern source notes that Veronica Lake appeared as a coed in this film, using the name Constance ... More Less

The working title of this film was Chi House . A modern source notes that Veronica Lake appeared as a coed in this film, using the name Constance Keane. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Apr 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Apr 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
27 Apr 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Mar 39
p. 58.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Apr 39
p. 39.
New York Times
18 May 39
p. 31.
Variety
10 May 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod exec
WRITERS
Contr to trmt
Contr to trmt
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Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the unproduced play Chi House by Mary Coyle Chase.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Chi House
Release Date:
5 May 1939
Production Date:
began 16 February 1939
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
12 May 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8977
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in feet):
5,751
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5140
SYNOPSIS

Alice Fisher, the daughter of a small town grocer, goes to college on the money that her father has borrowed on his store. She arrives in time for "rush week," during which every girl hopes that some sorority will make the coveted nod in her direction. At Mrs. Dawson's rooming house, Alice meets her roommates, Dotty Spencer and Merle Scott. Dotty, a sophomore, has a healthy contempt for sororities, but Merle's self-esteem depends upon being asked to join one. On campus, Alice meets handsome football hero Bill Loomis, who falls in love with her and determines to make her well-respected. After Bill tricks all the sororities into believing that Alice's father is a wealthy chain store mogul, Alice suddenly is swamped by attention from all the houses and finds herself invited to a round of parties. Meanwhile, Alice has written to her father that she needs more money in order to live up to her newfound popularity, and he decides to sell his store and move to the distant college town to be near his daughter. Disillusionment with her new life sets in when Alice mingles at a party during parents' night and realizes that she cannot compete with the wealthy and prominent people there. The final blow comes when she realizes that the sorority crowd only favored her because they thought she was rich. The arrival of her father and her subsequent shame at his presence in the company of her snooty acquaintances open Alice's eyes and cause her to foreswear the exclusive sorority cliques. When the bids arrive, Merle is devastated that she has not been asked to join, prompting Mr. Fisher to ... +


Alice Fisher, the daughter of a small town grocer, goes to college on the money that her father has borrowed on his store. She arrives in time for "rush week," during which every girl hopes that some sorority will make the coveted nod in her direction. At Mrs. Dawson's rooming house, Alice meets her roommates, Dotty Spencer and Merle Scott. Dotty, a sophomore, has a healthy contempt for sororities, but Merle's self-esteem depends upon being asked to join one. On campus, Alice meets handsome football hero Bill Loomis, who falls in love with her and determines to make her well-respected. After Bill tricks all the sororities into believing that Alice's father is a wealthy chain store mogul, Alice suddenly is swamped by attention from all the houses and finds herself invited to a round of parties. Meanwhile, Alice has written to her father that she needs more money in order to live up to her newfound popularity, and he decides to sell his store and move to the distant college town to be near his daughter. Disillusionment with her new life sets in when Alice mingles at a party during parents' night and realizes that she cannot compete with the wealthy and prominent people there. The final blow comes when she realizes that the sorority crowd only favored her because they thought she was rich. The arrival of her father and her subsequent shame at his presence in the company of her snooty acquaintances open Alice's eyes and cause her to foreswear the exclusive sorority cliques. When the bids arrive, Merle is devastated that she has not been asked to join, prompting Mr. Fisher to lecture her about the importance of being true to oneself. Alice rejects her own bid to the Gama house, feeling quite content to remain in the company of her father, her friends and boyfriend. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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