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Hold That Co-Ed(1938)

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While screen credits list Donald Meek's character name as "Dean Fletcher," the film's dialogue and a dialogue continuity in the copyright descriptions call the character "Thatcher." According to a Motion Picture Herald news item printed before the film's shooting was completed, the music and lyrics were to be provided by Walter Bullock and Harold Spina, in addition to Lew Brown and Lew Pollack. It is unclear if this was simply an erroneous statement, or whether Bullock and Spina did write a song or songs which were not included in the film. According to Jule Styne's autobiography, when composer Pollack died suddenly, Pollack's lyric writer, Sidney Clare, needed music in a hurry, so studio head Darryl Zanuck assigned Styne to the film, and he wrote the music for the song "Limpy Dimp." The credits of this film appear on a revolving football. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, George Murphy was loaned from M-G-M. A Hollywood Reporter news item from April 1938 noted that associate producer David Hempstead was preparing the production of a story with the "Huey Long-LSU situation as a background." Motion Picture Herald, in their review, commented, "The story might be called a burlesque of the late Huey Long's career," while Variety stated, "Plot is said to have some foundation in the saga of Huey Long, the Louisiana politico." The film includes a new novelty dance entitled the "Limpy Dimp." Some reviews compared this film to Twentieth Century-Fox's first football musical, Pigskin Parade (see below), and a Hollywood Reporter news item stated that this film was the third of a series of football musicals. Glenn Morris, who appeared as one of the football players, was a former Olympic decathalon champion. According to a modern source, John Barrymore's wife Elaine was to be in the film, but her scene or scenes were cut.