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Finishing School(1934)

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The opening credits give generic names for the characters, such as "The Girl," "Her Mother," "Her Teachers," but the closing credits use the specific names mentioned in the film. The opening credits also introduce the school, Crockett Hall, in the part of "The Snob." Billie Burke was borrowed from Samuel Goldwyn, to whom she was under contract. Writer Wanda Tuchock and film editor George Nicholls, Jr. made their directorial debut in the production. According to a Film Daily news item, Dawn O'Day replaced Mitzi Green as a cast member in this film because Green felt that the role was "unsuitable" for her return to the screen as an adult performer. Hollywood Reporter production charts list Louis Witzenkorn as co-writer of the story, but his contribution to the final film has not been confirmed. Hollywood Reporter production charts also list Mary Jordan as a cast member, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to Hollywood Reporter, Finishing School was placed on the Catholic Church's "condemned" film list in the summer of 1934. According to modern sources, the film was based on both David Hempstead's screen story and the 1928 play These Days by Katharine Clugston. Clugston's play is not credited in any contemporary source, however. Modern sources also note that Ginger Rogers wrote a song for the film called "The Girl Who Used to Be You." Rogers does sing a verse of a comic song in one scene, but its title and authorship have not been determined. Modern sources add the following cast members: Jack Norton (Drunk), Joan Barclay (Short girl), Florence Roberts, John David Horsley, Eddie Baker, Claire Meyers, Susanne Thompson and Edith Vale. In addition, modern sources credit Mel Berns as makeup artist and John Miehle as still photographer.