Varsity Show

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Overlong campus musical (some TV prints have as much as 40 minutes cut out) starring Powell as a Winfield College alumnus--now a successful Broadway producer--who heeds the call of his alma mater when the students can't afford to stage their annual show, and don't have anyone to produce it. Powell volunteers to produce the show to the delight of coed Lane...read more

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Overlong campus musical (some TV prints have as much as 40 minutes cut out) starring Powell as a Winfield College alumnus--now a successful Broadway producer--who heeds the call of his alma mater when the students can't afford to stage their annual show, and don't have anyone to produce

it. Powell volunteers to produce the show to the delight of coed Lane and her buddies. Unfortunately, their faculty adviser, Catlett, voices opposition to Powell's "trashy" Broadway ideas and would prefer the students to stage something a little more conservative. Not wanting to get the students

in hot water, Powell bows out of the production and returns to New York City. The students will not be moved, however, and during spring break Priscilla Lane (who is in love with Powell) and her cohorts travel to New York, find their producer, occupy an empty theater, and put on Powell's show. Of

course it's a big hit and the finale--staged by Busby Berkeley--is a stunning tribute to colleges throughout the nation. The two singing Lanes--sister Lola was missing from this one--had been on tour with Waring and his band. This was the film debut of Waring and of the sisters. Busby Berkeley's

choreography earned an Oscar nomination. Songs include: "Love Is on the Air Tonight," "Moonlight on the Campus," "Old King Cole," "Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?" "We're Working Our Way Through College," "On with the Dance," "You've Got Something There," and "When Your College Days Are Gone"

(Johnny Mercer, Richard A. Whiting).

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