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College Swing (1938)





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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.


George Burns
as George Jonas
Gracie Allen
as Gracie Alden
Bob Hope
as Bud Brady
Martha Raye
as Mabel Grady
Florence George
as Ginna Ashburn
Ben Blue
as Ben Volt
John Payne
as Martin Bates
Cecil Cunningham
as Dean Sleet
Robert Cummings
as Radio Announcer
Jerry Colonna
as Prof. Yascha Koloski
Charles Trowbridge
as Dr. Ashburn
Jerry Bergen
as Prof. Jasper Chinn
Tully Marshall
as Grandpa Alden
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
John Hubbard
as Student
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Critic Reviews for College Swing

All Critics (2)

The story lightly skips a couple of hundred years, and we are right in the midst of one of those college musicals which are as completely unlike anything in college as they are exactly like each other.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Cheerful musical, with inventive Raoul Walsh style and nice touches of fantasy images.

July 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for College Swing


This movie has great actors, but they don't really work together, so it's like watching two different movies sometimes. The ending is the best part.

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