Lana stars as Patty Marlow, who is "planted" by a movie studio on a midwestern college campus.
Patty is a dancing whiz Monarch Pictures plans to cast in a musical opposed Freddy Tobin (Lee Bowman) when his wife (Mary Beth Hughes) must bow out due to pregnancy. Publicity man Joe Drews (Roscoe Karns) concocts the idea of conducting a casting search at several colleges -- which Patty will conveniently "win."
College reporter Pug Braddock (Richard Carlson) is suspicious the contest is rigged, so Patty decides her best option is to volunteer to serve as an investigative reporter alongside Pug. She doesn't count on falling in love with him...
I fondly remembered this film, which I first saw back in 2007, and it was as entertaining as I recalled.
There's some creative staging, as the plot is briskly laid out using a series of "whip pans" introducing various characters. There's also an interesting splitscreen moment for simultaneous action, with a horizontal line dividing the screen. It's different and thus rather eye catching.
Turner and Rutherford's extensive MGM training shines in this film, with Turner in particular very credible in her dance scenes. She and Shaw, incidentally, were married for a few months in 1940, the beginning of Turner's long-running misadventures in marriage.
Dr. Kildare series which began the previous year. He looked so at home in his office, I rather suspect the set might have been Dr. Carew's office! The placement of the desk and doors was familiar. I know I've seen the Blair General Hospital sets turn up in other movies of the era, so it wouldn't be surprising if that set was repurposed.
Mary Field is becoming one of my favorite character actresses; for someone who often played spinsters or repressed types, the truth, looking at her closely, is that she was really rather pretty. She's quite fun here as the college dance instructor who recommends Patty to the studio execs.
The cast also includes Monty Woolley, June Preisser, Leon Errol, Thurston Hall, and Chester Klute. Rand Brooks, who was Charles Hamilton of that year's GONE WITH THE WIND, can be spotted briefly; Ann Rutherford, of course, was also in GWTW, as Scarlett's sister Carreen.
S. Sylvan Simon. It was filmed in black and white by Alfred Gilks. The running time is 84 minutes.
The Warner Archive print is excellent, with some terrific close-ups. The disc includes the trailer.
Fan of Turner, Shaw, or MGM films of the era will want to be sure to check this one out.
Thanks to the Warner Archive for providing a review copy of this DVD. Warner Archive releases are MOD (manufactured on demand) and may be ordered from the Warner Archive Collection at the WBShop.