All-American Co-Ed (1941)

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A musical comedy about a man from Quinceton (former silent Our Ganger Johnny Downs) infiltrating a girls college called Mar Brynn in drag. You'll have to watch the movie to see why. Anyway, this was an amusingly silly fluff piece that should provide interest to fans of Harry Langdon, Frances Langford, Noah Beery, Jr., Alan Hale, Jr. (yes, the future Skipper of "Gilligan's Island"), Dudley Dickerson, and, since I always like to identify any player from my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life, Lillian Randolph.

Since this movie was made during the Production Code, there are some mild double entendre jokes that are amusing. There's also some funny slapstick humor such as what happens to the Beery and Hale characters. There's also another guy, Kent Rogers, who does some good celebrity impersonations like that of Gary Cooper as well as Edger Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Among the entertaining songs is one that got an Oscar nomination called "Out of the Silence" with words and music by Lloyd B. Norlind, sung by Langford with a chorus of women behind her. There's also a couple of enjoyable numbers by a forgotten trio called The Tanner Sisters. The whole thing is fluff that doesn't always make sense but if you have an hour to fill, you won't be bored with All-American Co-Ed.

A wild opening credit sequence puts the titles over some gorgeous legs. When the credits end, the camera moves up to reveal that the legs all belong to guys! Yes, this cute comedy does bear a certain resemblance to the later, more famous, Some Like It Hot, in that Johnny Downs, our hero goes undercover in drag at an all-girls school. Frances Langford is along to supply some pretty singing, and there is a production number at the end which is reminiscent of Ziegfeld. This film is an underrated gem which deserves to be seen. Hal Roach's son, Hal, Jr. made up the story and his daughter Margaret plays one of the co-eds.


Frances Langford as Virginia Collinge
Johnny Downs as Bob Sheppard aka Bobbie DeWolfe
Marjorie Woodworth as Bunny
Noah Beery Jr. as Slinky
Esther Dale as Aunt Matilda Collinge
Harry Langdon as Hap Holden
Alan Hale Jr. as Tiny
Kent Rogers as Henry
Allan Lane as 2nd Senior
Joe Brown Jr. as 3rd Senior
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. as 4th Senior
Irving Mitchell as Doctor
Lillian Randolph as Deborah, the Washwoman
Mickey Tanner as Tanner Sisters Trio Member
Betty Tanner as Tanner Sisters Trio Member
Martha Tanner as Tanner Sisters Trio Member

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