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College Humor (1933)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Music | 5 July 1933 (USA)
A college professor and the school's star football player are both rivals for the same beautiful coed.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Frank Butler (screenplay), Claude Binyon (sceenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Professor Frederick Danvers
Jack Oakie ... Barney Shirrel
Richard Arlen ... Mondrake
Mary Carlisle ... Barbara Shirrel
George Burns ... George Burns (as Burns and Allen)
Gracie Allen ... Gracie Allen (as Burns and Allen)
Mary Kornman ... Amber Davis
Joe Sawyer ... Tex Roust (as Joseph Sawyer)
Lona Andre ... Ginger Chadwick
Jimmy Conlin ... Dr. Mandel
James Donlan James Donlan ... Marcus Lafflin
James Burke ... Cromwell Dexter
Edward J. Nugent ... Whistler (as Eddie Nugent)
Lumsden Hare ... College President
Grady Sutton ... Timid Freshman with Laundry
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A college professor and the school's star football player are both rivals for the same beautiful coed.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alegria de Estudantes See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When it premiered in New York City on June 22, 1933, the running time was one hour and eight minutes, and reviewers complained about the "choppy" editing. As a result, missing sequences were restored, and the running time was extended to one hour and twenty minutes, which is the version presently available on DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

Learn to Croon
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Sung by Bing Crosby
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At Mid-West University
16 December 2000 | by lugonianSee all my reviews

COLLEGE HUMOR (Paramount, 1933), directed by Wesley Ruggles, is one of many college campus musicals made during the Depression 1930s, highlighted with music and a football game finale.

Following his success in THE BIG BROADCAST (1932), Bing Crosby shows promise in his initial top-billed feature role, which is actually a second lead part as Frederick Danvers, a professor at Midwest University. In support are some over-aged college students, including Richard Arlen as Ralph, a football star whose career declines due to drunken disorderly conduct and jealous rages; Jack Oakie, the real star of the movie, as his football playing pal, Barney; Joseph Sawyer (billed Sauers) as a tough named "Tex", who excels in beating up on Oakie in one scene during a college initiation; with blonde and perky Mary Carlisle as Arlen's girlfriend who has a crush on her crooning professor; and Mary Kornman as Oakie's girlfriend, Amber. With the trials and tribulations amongst the students, the lighter moments go to the comedy team of George Burns and Gracie Allen, appearing in a few scenes as college caterers. They even take a moment out to sing an Irish song, "Colleen of Korlarny." Gracie manages to sing well, even in character. With music and lyrics by Arthur Johnson and Sam Coslow, the catchy tunes include "Play Ball" (sung by off screen singers during opening credits/re-prised in opening story by Crosby); "The Old Ox-Road" (sung by Jack Oakie/ students/ Crosby); "Learn to Croon" (sung by Crosby/ students); "Moon Struck" (sung by Crosby as he plays piano); along with reprises of "Learn to Croon" and "Play Ball" before the closing cast credits.

What makes COLLEGE HUMOR interesting in itself is seeing a young Crosby in an offbeat yet small role, while Jack Oakie was actually the central character. Crosby would return to college again in later years, most notably as a student in the then popular SHE LOVES ME NOT (1934). Unseen regularly since broadcast on public television in the 1980s, it had its very rare cable television showing on Turner Classic Movies (TCM premiere: November 15, 2018).

*Warning: The 2005 video cassette copy distributed by Hollywood's Attic is not complete. Eliminated from the original 80 minute print are the introduction of leading players during the opening credits to the underscoring of "Learn to Croon" followed by Bing Crosby's opening number of "Play Ball." with James Burke, James Donlan and James Conlin (**1/2 Footballs)


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