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College Rhythm

College Rhythm(1934)

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"Love 'n' Kisses" Finnegan, a famous college quarterback, is unable to maintain his success after college and lands on hard times. He travels to Los Angeles and seeks work from Larry Stacey, a former rival who feels intellectually superior to Finnegan. Larry gives Finnegan a lowly position in his father's department store until his father, J. P., promotes Finnegan in order to use his fame as a football star in an advertising ploy. Stacey's grand reopening is a success although Larry is furious about Finnegan's participation. While Finnegan romances Larry's gold digger fiancée, Gloria Van Dayham, Larry's secretary, June Cort, tries to get Larry interested in her. Stacey's football team wins all of their games, due in part to their mascot duck Goo-Goo and his handler Joe, who is being pursued by Mimi, who works in the pet department. So as not to lose Gloria, Larry decides to toughen up and compete in a football game, using June as his trainer. Whimple's, a rival department store, challenges Stacey's to a game. Although the game is rough, Larry plays, but the team is losing because their mascot is missing. Finally, Joe arrives with Goo-Goo, and the Stacey players are fortified by his presence. Whimple's attempts to win the game by unfair tactics, but in the end, using a circus-style play, Stacey's wins. Finnegan and Larry proclaim a truce with each other, and as Larry embraces June, he realizes he loves her, thereby freeing Finnegan and Gloria to be together.