Varsity

  • 1928
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A very early talkie (only 13 minutes of dialog, mostly in the last 10 minutes of the film) starring Rogers as a young Princeton student who believes he is an orphan. Little does he know that his father, Conklin, is actually the janitor in his dormitory. Conklin had dropped out of sight early in Rogers' youth due to a severe drinking problem, and now the...read more

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A very early talkie (only 13 minutes of dialog, mostly in the last 10 minutes of the film) starring Rogers as a young Princeton student who believes he is an orphan. Little does he know that his father, Conklin, is actually the janitor in his dormitory. Conklin had dropped out of sight

early in Rogers' youth due to a severe drinking problem, and now the old man is keeping a close eye on his son to ensure that he doesn't reach for the bottle as well. Dull romantic subplot sees Rogers falling in love with Brian, a carnival girl he met in Trenton. When he graduates they marry and

settle down until a pair of evil carnival men frame Rogers for the theft of some money donated to Princeton by the sophomore class. This, of course, requires a bit of emotional upheaval until Rogers can clear his name. The experienced Conklin is the only actor to shine in this film, the first to

star Rogers, who went on to marry "America's Sweetheart," Mary Pickford. Author Root, a Yale alumnus, had set his story at that university's New Haven campus, but the school wisely refused to lend itself to such sophomorism. The story was shifted to Princeton, whose regents appeared to know no

better. All the dialog was recorded on the campus after the major scenes were shot at Paramount's West Coast studios; only the three principal actors went East to act their lines.

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