Review: ‘Life Begins in College’

Practically the entire production [from stories by Darrell Ware] depends on the Ritzes. Tony Martin is back again to sing but aside from Gloria Stuart and Fred Stone, who may be recognized, there is not a strong name in support.

Practically the entire production [from stories by Darrell Ware] depends on the Ritzes. Tony Martin is back again to sing but aside from Gloria Stuart and Fred Stone, who may be recognized, there is not a strong name in support.

The freres Ritz first appear as student tailors with a record of seven years in school and seven on the football bench. Then they’re seen in a madcap rhumba specialty; as newly rich undergrads bracing the dean for a favor; as footballers who help the enemy more than their teammates; as an Indian burlesque troupe, and then as hokum Spirit of ’76 boys.

Outside of the Ritz Bros Nat Pendleton’s interpretation of the Indian grid star is standout, and Joan Davis, comedienne, serving as his principal foil, especially excellent in that goofy Indian pow-wow song and dance. She’s inclined to grimace a bit too much in reaching for laughs at other times. Tony Martin, spotted as band leader, figures only as the singer of one song

Life Begins in College

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director William A. Seiter; Producer Harold Wilson; Screenplay Karl Tunberg, Don Ettlinger; Camera Robert Planck; Editor Louis Loeffler; Music Louis Silvers (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Ritz Bros Joan Davis Tony Martin Gloria Stuart Fred Stone Nat Pendleton
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