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College Swing

College Swing

George Burns
Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: George Burns
George Burns
, Gracie Allen
Gracie Allen
, Martha Raye
Martha Raye
Raoul Walsh


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It's hard to go wrong with such stars as Bob Hope, Burns & Allen, Martha Raye and Edward Everett Horton, and College Swing doesn't-go wrong, that is. The film begins in 1738, when a pact is drawn up between the Alden family and a highly respected Colonial college: If any female member of the family can pass her college exams within a 200-year period, ownership of the institution will be turned over to her. Comes 1938, and the last of the Alden girls, giddy Gracie Alden (Gracie Allen, of course) hires glib-tongued tutor Bud Brady (Bob Hope) to help her pass her exams. She also tries to win over no-nonsense professor Hubert Dash (Edward Everett Horton), who has no intention of handing his college over to a blithering idiot like Gracie. Once she has inherited the place, however, Gracie turns it into a jumpin'-jivin' joint, complete with jitterbugging students, swing bands and remote radio broadcasts. Though George Burns' role is nearly nonexistent, he does get to indulge in his patented cross-talk with Allen. Others contributing to the fun are Ben Blue, Jerry Colonna, Betty Grable, and Grable's then-husband Jackie Coogan. Highlights include Allen's spirited Irish jig and her endearing song duet with Edward Everett Horton. College Swing is the sort of high-powered, all-star entertainment that is virtually impossible to reproduce today.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2015
UPC: 0025192317651
Original Release: 1938
Source: Universal
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 57,451

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Burns George Jonas
Gracie Allen Gracie Alden
Martha Raye Mable
Bob Hope Bud Brady
Edward Everett Horton Hubert Dash
Florence George Ginna Ashburn
Ben Blue Ben Volt
Betty Grable Betty
Jackie Coogan Jackie
John Payne Martin Bates
Cecil Cunningham Dean Sleet
Robert Cummings Radio Announcer
Skinnay Ennis Skinnay
Slate Brothers Themselves
Jerry Colonna Prof. Yascha Koloski
Tully Marshall Grandpa Alden
Edward J. Le Saint Dr. Storm
Barlowe Borland Dean
Bob Mitchell Boy Choir Himself
Richard Denning Actor
Gracie Fields Actor
John Hubbard Student
Alphonse Martell Headwaiter
Charles Trowbridge Dr. Ashburn
Jerry Bergen Prof. Jasper Chinn
Dorothy White Dancer

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Hoagy Carmichael Songwriter
Walter de Leon Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Lewis E. Gensler Producer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Burton Lane Songwriter
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Loesser Songwriter
Francis Martin Screenwriter
Victor Milner Cinematographer
Boris Morros Musical Direction/Supervision
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Manning Sherwin Songwriter
LeRoy Stone Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup
Howard Wilson Sound/Sound Designer

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