She's Working Her Way through College

Overview

She's Working Her Way Through College is a completely depoliticized remake of the liberal-minded comedy The Male Animal 1942. Virginia Mayo plays an exotic dancer, Angela Gardner, who decides to improve her mind; she enrolls in a college where Professor John Palmer Ronald Reagan teaches English. In between Angela's lively musical numbers, the film concentrates on an old rivalry between the bookish Palmer and onetime college football jock Shep Slade Don DeFore, who'd played a bit in The Male Animal. When the ...
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Overview

She's Working Her Way Through College is a completely depoliticized remake of the liberal-minded comedy The Male Animal 1942. Virginia Mayo plays an exotic dancer, Angela Gardner, who decides to improve her mind; she enrolls in a college where Professor John Palmer Ronald Reagan teaches English. In between Angela's lively musical numbers, the film concentrates on an old rivalry between the bookish Palmer and onetime college football jock Shep Slade Don DeFore, who'd played a bit in The Male Animal. When the college trustees oppose Angela's presence on campus, Palmer staunchly defends her right to an education. In the original Male Animal, the climactic scene involved a controversial public reading of a letter by anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti; in She's Working Her Way Through College, Palmer stands up at a public assembly to convince the populace that exotic dancers have the same rights as anyone else. Of course, Ronald Reagan could take a political stance if he wanted to...but not in this film.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it claims to be based on The Male Animal, there's a world of difference between the earlier film and She's Working Her Way Through College. It's not just that the latter is a musical; it's that a relatively minor character has been built into the starring role, the ideology that informed the first has been dispensed with, and that the guts have been removed. Whereas Animal had a point-of-view and a message to impart, as well as some wit and originality, College is concerned with nothing more than moving from one musical number to another and doing as little as possible to let the script interfere with things. Making matters worse is that College replaces Animal's excellent Henry Fonda with a bland and boring Ronald Reagan. Fortunately, College does has Virginia Mayo, who may not be the world's greatest actress but who has all the equipment necessary for a film about an exotic dancer. Mayo is a lot of fun in College, especially during the interpolated "With Plenty of Money and You" "tease" number. She's also memorable with Gene Nelson in the sweet "I'll Still Be Loving You," but it's Nelson's solo in his amazing gymnasium dance that gives the film its biggest highlight. Vernon Duke's music is catchy and often memorable, even though the words Sammy Cahn has fitted to the tunes are often awkward and occasionally annoying. She's Working Her Way Through College also has a very fake but oh-so-yummy color palette and a game supporting cast. It's hardly a great musical, but its assets do make it enjoyable -- as long as one is unfamiliar with Animal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/2010
  • UPC: 883316234273
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,157

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Virginia Mayo Angela Gardner/Hot Garters Getlie
Ronald Wilson Reagan John Palmer
Gene Nelson Don Weston
Don DeFore Shep Slade
Phyllis Thaxter Helen Palmer
Patrice Wymore Ivy Williams
Roland Winters Fred Copeland
Raymond Greenleaf Dean Rogers
Norman Bartold "Tiny" Gordon
Amanda Randolph Maybelle
George Meader Professor
Eve Miller Secretary
Jimmy Ames
Bette Arlen
Jessie Arnold Wardrobe Woman
The Blackburn Twins Themselves
Jack Gargan Professor
Donald Kerr Vendor
Mark Lowell
Charles Marsh Stage Manager
Paul Maxey
Rolland Morris
James Ogg Sailor
John Perri
Richard Reeves Mike
Frank Scannell
Glen Turnbull Tramp
Valerie Vernon
Charles Watts Man
Frances Zucco Coed
Hope Sansberry Mrs. Rogers
Hazel Shaw
Barbara Ritchie Chorus Girl
Technical Credits
H. Bruce Humberstone Director
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Charles H. Clarke Art Director
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Vernon Duke Score Composer, Songwriter
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
William Jacobs Producer
Clarence Kolster Editor
Peter Milne Screenwriter
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Harry Warren Songwriter
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