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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

Writers:

Edward Chodorov (screen play), Philip Barry (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 »

Also Known As:

Sorority House See more »

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Sound Mix:

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 »

Quotes

The Lippencott: Educating a flock of women... It's like teaching a rattlesnake how to rattle!
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Soundtracks

The Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Music and Lyric by Joseph Winner
Played on harmonica by J.M. Kerrigan and sung by Maureen O'Sullivan and other patrons of Maloney's
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not Lew Ayre's best.... girls scheme to keep boys around
15 January 2010 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Certainly some big, fun, familiar names in this MGM 67 minute shortie - a YOUNG Burgess Meredith, almost 30 years before he was the Penguin in Batman. I didn't really get him in the old black and white films. He and Lew Ayres were both about 30 by now, although they both look younger than that. Maureen O'Sullivan is "Alex", the heroine of our story, who is determined to drag her man to the spring dance. Sterling Holloway (was also the voice of Winnie the Pooh!) has about four lines in this one. The first half of the film is all about the girls and their antics as they lay out their plans for the dance. lots of giggling. In spite of all the great comedians with whom the director worked over the years, i found this one pretty bland and monotone. I'd recommend watching L. Ayres in "Holiday" instead; also from 1938... that one is 100 times funnier. I think they cast gave it their best, but had to work with a lame, whitewashed script. Might have been a little more interesting before the Hays Commission. The men take the women to Maloney's restaurant, and Sam (Ayres) tells Alex he is going to Russia, and can't attend the dance with her. Then the scheming starts.... Directed by Sylvan Simon, who had made a bunch of movies with Red Skelton, Abbott & Costello, and even Lucille Ball. Simon croaked at age 41... heart attack.


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