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She's Working Her Way Through College

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She's Working Her Way Through College
Theatrical release poster
Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone
Screenplay byPeter Milne
Based onThe Male Animal (1940 play)
by Elliott Nugent
James Thurber
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
StarringVirginia Mayo
Ronald Reagan
Gene Nelson
CinematographyWilfred M. Cline
Edited byClarence Kolster
Music byRay Heindorf
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • July 12, 1952 (1952-07-12)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Gene Nelson and Virginia Mayo

She's Working Her Way Through College is a 1952 American comedy film produced by Warner Bros. A musical comedy in Technicolor, it is directed by H. Bruce Humberstone, and stars Virginia Mayo and Ronald Reagan. The screenplay is based on the 1940 Broadway play The Male Animal by James Thurber and Elliott Nugent, although the play's title is not mentioned in the screen credits.[1]

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Transcription

Plot

In the early 1950s, Angela Gardner is a burlesque star known as Hot Garters Gertie. She started working as an exotic dancer solely to earn money for a college education. She wants to be a writer, and has been working on a play for many years. She enrolls at Midwest State, where her former high-school teacher John Palmer is now a professor of English. Palmer, aware of Angela's occupation after having seen her perform, encourages her enrollment. Angela mistakenly thinks that Palmer wants to meet her privately after she receives a fur coat, but she discovers that the coat was sent by one of her admirers who tries unsuccessfully to seduce her. Palmer has a longstanding rivalry with former college-football jock Shep Slade, who is fond of Palmer's wife Helen. With the help of fellow student Don Weston, and despite interference from the jealous "Poison Ivy" Williams, Angela succeeds in her studies. Palmer suggests that she turn her play into a musical. When the theatrical arts class votes to stage a musical instead of the usual work by Shakespeare, Angela's play is a natural. After "Poison Ivy" discovers Angela's past and exposes it in the college newspaper, chairman Fred Copeland of the board of trustees demands her expulsion. Palmer is defiant and defends Angela at an open-school assembly. Angela asks Copeland not to expel her and discovers that he is the man who had tried to seduce her. Embarrassed, he accepts her return of the mink coat, which his wife unknowingly wears at the performance of Angela's play.

Cast

Reception

Bosley Crowther of The New York Times declared that the best thing in the film was Gene Nelson's gymnastics-dance number. He warned his readers that if they looked closely they would realize that the unnamed play in the opening credits "is none other than those authors' vastly humorous and neatly trenchant The Male Animal... (The) Warner boys have so rearranged and watered down the plot of the original that the resemblance is blissfully remote...And where Mr. Thurber and Mr. Nugent made the fate of their hero turn upon his daring to read a letter by Bartholomew Vanzetti to his English class, Mr. Milne has worked up a crisis over the rights of the little lady to stay in school... But, plainly, the stubborn endeavor to weave a musical story line into the stout fabric of The Male Animal—and such a silly musical story line, at that—has resulted in a combination that does credit to neither one. The musical story is routine...the play has been woefully stripped of humor, pertinence and sting. Bruce Humberstone, who directed, must have felt himself working on mud".[1]

In his afterword to TCM's June 2020 airing of the film, Dave Karger[2] observed that in 1952, a production using the plot of the original play and the 1942 film adaptation would have been impossible, because Hollywood was in the grips of the anticommunist attitudes of the McCarthy era.

References

  1. ^ a b Crowther, Bosley (1952-07-10). "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ' She's Working Her Way Through College,' With Virginia Mayo, New Bill at Paramount". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  2. ^ "Dave Karger". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2020-06-13.

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