Musical Double Feature: All-American Co-Ed/Swing Hostess [DVD]

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All-American Coed
This 48-minute Hal Roach "streamliner" represents a rare directorial assignment for veteran Hollywood choreographer LeRoy Prinz, who also produced the film. Johnny Downs stars as Bob Sheppard of Quinceton University, who is appointed by his frat brothers to get even with the snotty sorority gals at all-female Marr Brynn U. This requires Bob to dress up in drag as a "blonde bombshell" and to enter Marr Brynn's annual beauty contest. When he's not flouncing around in curls and crinolines, Bob spends his time romancing pert co-ed Virginia (Frances Langford). The supporting cast ranges from silent-comedy veteran Harry Langdon to leggy newcomer Marie Windsor. The film's four musical numbers (representing approximately 25 percent of the running time!) include the Oscar-nominated "Out of the Silence". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Swing Hostess
In this musical, an unemployed swing-band singer cannot hook up with another group and so becomes a switchboard operator at a juke box company. Later she falls in love with a handsome bandleader who hires her to sing. Songs include: "I'll Eat My Hat," "Let's Capture This Moment," "Say It with Love," "Music to My Ears," "Highway Polka," "Got an Invitation" (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Lewis Bellin). ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Frances Langford
    Frances Langford - Virginia
  • Johnny Downs
    Johnny Downs - Bob Sheppard
  • Marjorie Woodworth
    Marjorie Woodworth - Bunny
  • Noah Beery, Jr.
    Noah Beery, Jr. - Slinky
  • Esther Dale
    Esther Dale - Matilda

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