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Freshman Love (1936)

Frank McHugh is a college rowing coach, in a desperate attempt to acquire top rowers for his team, he enlists the assistance of pretty blonde Patricia Ellis to woo young hopefuls away from ... See full summary »


William C. McGann (as William McGann)


Earl Felton (screen play), George Bricker (screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Patricia Ellis ... Joan Simpkins
Warren Hull ... Bob Wilson
Frank McHugh ... Coach Hammond
Mary Treen ... Squirmy
Joseph Cawthorn ... Wilson, Sr. (as Joe Cawthorn)
Alma Lloyd ... Sandra
George E. Stone ... E. Prendergast Biddle
Henry O'Neill ... Pres. Simpkins
Anita Kerry Anita Kerry ... Princess Oggi
Johnny Arthur ... Mr. Fields
Walter Johnson ... Tony Foster
Joe Sawyer ... Coach Kendall (as Joseph Sawyer)
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Mrs. Norton
Spec O'Donnell Spec O'Donnell ... Eddie


Frank McHugh is a college rowing coach, in a desperate attempt to acquire top rowers for his team, he enlists the assistance of pretty blonde Patricia Ellis to woo young hopefuls away from enrolling in other colleges and coming to Billings College to join the row team. Written by dictracy23

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Laughs -- Cuties and Syncopating Rhythm!


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

18 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rhythm on the River See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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(Turner library print)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Both Ben Hall as "Goofy Freshman" and George Beranger as "Master of Ceremonies" are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »


Version of The College Widow (1915) See more »


Free and Easy
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl and Joan Jasmyn
Written for the movie but not heard
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14 June 2000 | by leecozadSee all my reviews

I recently reviewed this film. It is similar to many college films of the era that carry the theme: Dimwitted athletics vs nerdy academics. The twist is that this is Billings U., with a rowing team that lacks any punch. Enter the President's daughter, Joan (played by silver-white haired Patricia Ellis), who takes on the job of recruiting two of the best rowers in the nation, who just happen to be JC transfers - how else can you explain that the entire class of freshmen look like their slightly over 40! There is, of course, the love triangle of Joan, Tony Foster (played by Walter Johnson) and Bob Smith nee Wilson, (played by Warren Hull). Comic relief is supplied by the inept coach, "Speed" Hammond, (played by Frank McHugh) and Squirmy (Mary Treen), his college secretary. Trouble brews when the boys can't cut it academically and of course the big game -er-race is on Saturday, and they all have to pass a special test. You guessed it, the girls all pitch in to tutor our errant boys who would rather sing and dance than hit the books. The day is saved when it's discovered that the "boys" respond better to music than to the call of the coxswain, who also happens to be the college band leader (George E. Stone) - and the refrains of a hot "Dixie" wins the tournament. There are some great scenes of L.A. Harbor, the Rose Gardens across from USC, and woody boats at Lake Arrowhead as well as some catchy musical numbers well sung by Patricia Ellis -what ever happened to...? Look for a bit part by a very, very young Lloyd Bridges. All in all, good nostalgic fun - 6 out of 10 stars!

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