5 November 2006 | mkilmer
This was nice and funny film.
Back in 1936, a musical comedy had certain things. Freshman Love had a scene with professional dancers doing ballroom to a song, and the camera paused on each face as the dancer smiled. It's corny stuff, to be sure, but it is part of the era and part of the reason we like watching these older films.
The nerdy academics vs. dimwitted athletics in only a minor theme, and it fits another plot device: the star athlete -- a boat rower -- is forced to join the high-academic school under a pseudonym because his wealthy father doesn't like schools that have high academic standards for its athletes.
The plot is simple. The coach at the nerdy academic school has to get a decent rowing team or he'll lose his job. The school President's daughter is a college-aged doll, and the coach uses her image, writing letters pretending to be from her, to star rowers to attract them to his school. She doesn't know this, although she does go on personal interviews to attract at least one athlete.
There are a few musical numbers, two or three, and they're nice period material. Music also plays a role in motivating the rowing team. (One of the tunes, the one from the "study hall," I'm still humming.) If you like comedies from this period, you'll have fun with this one. It has some interesting twists and a lot of humorous lines, incidents, and acting.