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Life Begins in College (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Sport | 1 October 1937 (USA)
When a wealthy Indian student endows the college so they can keep the football coach rumor has it the Indian has played professionally and can't be on the team.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Karl Tunberg (screenplay), Darrell Ware (based on a series of magazine stories by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Ritz ... Al Ritz
Harry Ritz ... Harry Ritz
Jimmy Ritz ... Jimmy Ritz
Joan Davis ... Inez
Tony Martin ... Band Leader
Gloria Stuart ... Janet O'Hara
Fred Stone ... Coach Tim O'Hara
Nat Pendleton ... George Black aka Little Black Cloud
Dick Baldwin ... Bob Hayner
Joan Marsh ... Cuddles
Jed Prouty ... Oliver Stearns Sr.
Maurice Cass ... Dean Moss
Ed Thorgersen Ed Thorgersen ... Radio Announcer
Marjorie Weaver ... Miss Murphy
Robert Lowery ... Sling
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When a wealthy Indian student endows the college so they can keep the football coach rumor has it the Indian has played professionally and can't be on the team.

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Comedy | Music | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life Begins in College See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gloria Stuart took time in the middle of filming to meet with Ray Pearl. He was a huge fan of Gloria Stuart and had gotten his uncle to tattoo her portrait on his chest. He then hitch hiked from Chicago to Hollywood to meet her and show her his tattoo. She did agree to meet with him and was quoted by Life magazine, who covered and photographed their meeting as saying, "Oh my gracious" when she saw the tattoo. See more »

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Sweet Varsity Sue
Written by Charles Tobias, Al Lewis and Murray Mencher
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Hollywood doesn't make movies like this anymore - fortunately for all of us
17 September 2018 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

This just isn't a good movie. That Ritz Brothers' comedy is limited, best in their dance numbers and very weak in the dialogue passages. They can't carry a feature-length film on their own.

But there's nothing else here to carry it for them. The script is obvious and lame- brained, and the other performers can't do anything with it. (Who could?)

And then there's the blatant racism, mostly directed against Native Americans. It's sobering to remember that this movie was made by Fox Pictures, a fairly important studio, in 1937, the same year Fox released Shirley Temple's Heidi, and two years after it starred her in The Little Colonel with Black dancer Bill Robinson.

There really isn't anything to recommend this picture. The few mildly funny passages won't compensate for sitting through 80 minutes of tedium and embarrassing racism.


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