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Hold That Co-ed (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Sport | 16 September 1938 (USA)
While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.

Director:

George Marshall

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Karl Tunberg (screen play), Don Ettlinger (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Barrymore ... Governor
George Murphy ... Rusty
Marjorie Weaver ... Marjorie
Joan Davis ... Lizzie Olsen
Jack Haley ... Wilbur
George Barbier ... Breckenridge
Ruth Terry ... Edie
Donald Meek ... Dean Fletcher
Johnny Downs ... Dink
Paul Hurst ... Slapsy
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Mike (as Guinn Williams)
Brewster Twins ... The Brewster Twins
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Sylvester (as Bill Benedict)
Frank Sully ... Steve
Charles C. Wilson ... Coach Burke (as Charles Wilson)
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While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.

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Comedy | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agarre Esta Normalista See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Several people are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Russell Hicks (President), Ruth Warren (Mother), Forbes Murray (Otis), Harry Hayden (Spokesman) and Clem Bevans (Judkins). A modern source states that John Barrymore's wife, Elaine Barrie was to be in the film, but her scenes were cut. See more »

Goofs

Donald Meek is credited onscreen as "Dean Fletcher," but he is called Dean Thatcher throughout the film. See more »

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Soundtracks

Here I Am Doing It
(1938) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel
Sung and Danced by George Murphy and Sung by Marjorie Weaver
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28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hold That Co-ed (1938)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Political and sports satire about a Governor (John Barrymore) running for a seat on the Senate who comes up with a scheme to get more votes. He decides to pump money into a low class college and turn their football program into one of the best in the nation. This film is rather hit and miss but Barrymore is right on the target with his maniac-style performance. He's certainly over the top but he doesn't go too far out there and he manages to bring several laughs to the rather standard screenplay. A special note must also go towards his wickedly funny looking hair cut. The supporting cast includes George Murphy, Joan Davis, Jack Haley and Donald Meek. The satire works just fine but there are a couple really horrid moments in the film including a couple musical sequences, which just stop the film dead in its tracks. One of these sequences is perhaps the worst musical number I've seen in any film. Another problem is the final football game, which uses wind as a major factor but this comes off very unhappy and ends the film on a rather sour note. George Marshall directs.


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