Sorority House (May 5, 1939)

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Anne Shirley
 

Released on May 5, 1939: A girl from a small town goes to college and meets a boy who helps her get invited into the best sorority on campus.

Produced by Robert Sisk

Directed by John Farrow

The Actors: Anne Shirley (Alice Fisher), James Ellison (Bill Loomis), Barbara Read (Dotty Smith), Pamela Blake (Merle Scott), Veronica Lake (sorority coed), J.M. Kerrigan (Lew Fisher), Helen Wood (Martha Lanigan, Dean of Women), Doris Davenport (Neva Simpson), June Storey (Norma Hancock), Elisabeth Risdon (Mrs. Scott), Margaret Armstrong (Mrs. Pettingell Dawson, boarding house landlady), Selmer Jackson (Mr. Grant, banker), Chill Wills (Mr. Johnson, chicken farmer), Gwen Willson (sorority coed), Marge Champion sorority (coed), Bess Flowers (Shirley), Dick Hogan (relief squad freshman), Edmund Mortimer (Governor Morley), Robert Sterling (soda shop extra), Frank Sully (caterer), Russell Wade (dance extra)

 

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Courting a Dreep, or Papa Don't Come

Alice is a young girl who helps her father run his small grocery story in a small mid-western town. Papa’s dream is to send his little girl to college so that she can . . . . . Find a boy to marry who will give her a better life than the boys in her small town. Now, that is never stated as such, but that is the implicit reason that the overwhelming majority of girls went to college in 1939.

Despite the fact that as I write this there is a woman running for President of the U.S. in both major political parties, I suspect that finding a boy with a bright future is still a motivating factor for many college girls.

Ironically, becoming President of the U.S. is part of one scene, when Papa tells the forlorn boarding house girl a story about Abraham Lincoln and mentions that although she will never be President, she may be the mother of one. We have evolved greatly from those days, thank goodness.

When Alice gets to college she is enthralled with everything about it, and excited to learn new things and experience a world beyond her small home town.

Alice learns that there are two kinds of girls at college . . . . Girls that join sororities and Dreeps. Dreeps are girls who lead Dreary lives and Weep a lot because they are not in a sorority.

How does a girl get into a college sorority? By being the daughter of wealthy parents, or by being a date-getter . . . . A girl who is a beautiful temptress that can attract the right boys to the sorority house parties.

Alice has a very hard-working but not-wealthy father, but her roommate tells her that she will probably be invited to join a sorority as a date-getter.

Soon Alice bumps into the boy on campus that every girl is after . . . . And she loses her dress just before bumping into him! No, I’m not kidding, you gotta see it to believe it.

This leads to that and the handsome boy studying to become a doctor falls madly in love with the girl without a dress on, and he will arrange for Alice to be invited to join six different sororities. He will gossip to the sororities that her father is really a wealthy owner of a chain of grocery stores, and soon she can choose the sorority she wishes.

On the night of the party for sorority girls and their parents Alice will meet the Governor and other wealthy parents, and thank goodness her small-town, simple speaking father is not there . . . . She would be so embarrassed!

Of course, you know it, the doorbell rings and who is there but Papa . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

James Ellison, J.M. Kerrigan and Anne Shirley
James Ellison, J.M. Kerrigan and Anne Shirley
Anne Shirley
Anne Shirley
Anne Shirley, Barbara Read and Pamela Blake
Anne Shirley, Barbara Read and Pamela Blake
Anne Shirley, Barbara Read and Pamela Blake
Anne Shirley, Barbara Read and Pamela Blake
Ann Shirley and Barbara Read
Ann Shirley and Barbara Read
Ann Shirley and J.M. Kerrigan
Ann Shirley and J.M. Kerrigan
Anne Shirley and James Ellison
Anne Shirley and James Ellison
Anne Shirley
Anne Shirley
Barbara Read
Barbara Read
Barbara Read and Anne Shirley
Barbara Read and Anne Shirley
Barbara Read
Barbara Read
Chill Wills and Anne Shirley
Chill Wills and Anne Shirley
Dick Hogan and James Ellison
Dick Hogan and James Ellison
Doris Davenport
Doris Davenport
Elisabeth Risdon and Pamela Blake
Elisabeth Risdon and Pamela Blake
Frank Sully and J.M. Kerrigan
Frank Sully and J.M. Kerrigan
J.M. Kerrigan
J.M. Kerrigan
J.M. Kerrigan and Frank Sully
J.M. Kerrigan and Frank Sully
J.M. Kerrigan and Pamela Blake
J.M. Kerrigan and Pamela Blake
J.M. Kerrigan and Selmer Jackson
J.M. Kerrigan and Selmer Jackson
J.M. Kerrigan
J.M. Kerrigan
James Ellison and Dick Hogan
James Ellison and Dick Hogan
James Ellison, J.M. Kerrigan and Anne Shirley
James Ellison, J.M. Kerrigan and Anne Shirley
James Ellison
James Ellison
James Ellison
James Ellison
June Storey
June Storey
Margaret Armstrong and Anne Shirley
Margaret Armstrong and Anne Shirley
Pamela Blake
Pamela Blake
Pamela Blake and Anne Shirley in the soda shop
Pamela Blake and Anne Shirley in the soda shop
Pamela Blake
Pamela Blake
Pamela Blake
Pamela Blake
Selmer Jackson and J.M. Kerrigan
Selmer Jackson and J.M. Kerrigan