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Spring Madness (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 11 November 1938 (USA)
In their last semester at Harvard, Sam Thatcher and his roommate, who is nicknamed "The Lippencott", have grand ideas of seeing the remote corners of the world, they having booked passage ... See full summary »

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S. Sylvan Simon

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Edward Chodorov (screen play), Philip Barry (play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Alexandra Benson
Lew Ayres ... Sam Thatcher
Ruth Hussey ... Kate McKim
Burgess Meredith ... The Lippencott
Ann Morriss ... Frances
Joyce Compton ... Sally Prescott
Julie Bishop ... Mady Platt (as Jacqueline Wells)
Frank Albertson ... Hat
Truman Bradley ... Walter Beckett
Marjorie Gateson ... Miss Ritchie
Renie Riano ... Mildred (as Renee Riano)
Sterling Holloway ... Buck
Dick Baldwin ... Doc
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In their last semester at Harvard, Sam Thatcher and his roommate, who is nicknamed "The Lippencott", have grand ideas of seeing the remote corners of the world, they having booked passage on a freighter from New York to Siberia, the trip immediately after they graduate. They plan to live and observe the economic life there for two years before they settle down. They've had such plans since they were freshmen, not wanting to be tied down to the American rat race immediately following graduation. Sam, however, has not mentioned any of these plans to his girlfriend, Alex Benson, also a student in her final semester at the New England College for Women. Alex wants Sam to attend the college's spring dance with her to be able to show him off to the other girls, the dance a rite of passage to a serious commitment. Sam doesn't want to lead Alex on by attending but also doesn't want to miss one last opportunity to see her. His plan to graduate and attend the dance hits a snag when the sailing ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sorority House See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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(1936). Stage Play: Spring Dance. Comedy. Written by Philip Barry. Based on the play by Eloise Barrangon and Eleanor Golden [final Broadway credit]. Directed by Jed Harris (I)'. Empire Theatre: 25 Aug 1936- Sep 1936 (closing date unknown/24 performances). Cast: Brooks Bowman (as "Buck Buchanan"), Marie Bruce (as "Miss Ritchie"), 'José Ferrer' (as "The Lippincot"), Martha Hodge (as "Sally Prescott"), Tookie Hunter (as "Mady Platt"), Richard Kendrick (as "Sam Thatcher"), Ruth Matteson (as "Kate McKim"), Tom Neal (as "Doc Boyd"), Philip Ober (as "Walter Beckett"), Peggy O'Donnell (as "Frances Fenn"), Louise Platt (as "Alex Benson"), Jack Warren (as "John Hatton"), Mary Wickes (as "Mildred") [Broadway debut]. Produced by Jed Harris. Note: Filmed by MGM as Spring Madness (1938). See more »

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Kate 'Katie' McKim: Why, Mr. Thatcher, is that suspicion I see coming up in the dumbwaiter of your mind?
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College Girl Faces Big Problem - How, Oh How, to Get Her Fellow to the Spring Dance
9 March 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Very silly story about serious Harvard man, Sam (Lew Ayres), all set to go on a two year trip to Russia to study the economy and write a book on the youth movement. One problem though - his girlfriend Alex (Maureen O'Sullivan), student at a nearby girl's college, doesn't know he is going. Alex and her slang-talking gal pals at college seem to care about one thing and one thing only - the spring dance. Alex is determined to get her man to that dance, but he actually has plans, along with his chum "The Lippencott" (well played by Burgess Meredith), to leave college before graduation and get on that ship to Russia - and he'll be leaving just *before* the dance. Dear oh dear.

The plot of this film really just had nothing to hold my interest and most of the actors seem a bit long in the tooth to be realistic as college students. The only thing that saves this movie at all is some of the acting, especially by some of the character actors, which is pretty well-done. I like Joyce Compton as Sally, man crazy blonde who only comes to college for the weekend dances, and Sterling Holloway as a Yale man, who seems to mainly hang about in the girl's college dorm lobby. And, well, Lew Ayres does look kind of cute in his polka dot pajamas in one scene. All in all, though, this movie is really just plain dumb.


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