Student Tour


1h 27m 1934
Student Tour

Brief Synopsis

A philosophy professor gets stuck chaperoning a student tour of the world.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Oct 5, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

Determined that she and the members of the Bartlett College crew team will not be disqualified for a European tour, Lilith Lorraine, the campus flirt, conspires with her girl friends to abduct philosphy professor Ethelred Lippincott and steal their failing examination papers. When class assistant Ann Lippincott, the professor's shy, bespectacled niece, then discovers her uncle missing, she confides her fears to Bobby Kane, the handsome crew captain. As a favor to Ann, Bobby flirts with Lilith to find out where Lippincott is hidden. Because of Lilith's mischief and the crew's failing grades, the cruise is cancelled by crew coach Jeff Kane, Bobby's older brother. Ann, however, suggests that her uncle tutor the team while sailing to Europe and re-administer the exam just before landing. In spite of his distaste for sailing, Lippincott agrees to the plan, as do Jeff and the college's dean. Once on board their ocean liner, however, the crew members are diverted by Lilith and her girl friends and become reluctant students, even after Ann takes over the class from her seasick uncle. Ann then overhears Bobby tell Lilith that he is kind to her only because he pities her. During an on-board masquerade ball, Bobby and the rest of the team are surprised by the singing and dancing of a young woman dressed as "Pierrette." Bobby, in particular, is taken by the pretty mystery woman and, while a jealous Lilith watches, flirts with her on the moonlit deck. Anxious to know Pierrette's identity, Bobby kisses her and says that, as her lips are unfamiliar, she must be a stranger to him. In response, Pierrette slaps Bobby and storms away in a huff. After the ship docks in China, Bobby tries to find his Pierrette, while Lippincott and Hank Merman, the crew's buffoonish trainer, first are mistaken for Chinese prisoners and then are given a young Chinese woman as a present. Before the cruise proceeds to India, Lilith tells Bobby that she is Pierrette, a lie Bobby readily accepts. However, after landing in Monte Carlo, Pierrette reappears and performs a dance routine with Nelson Eddy and reveals herself to be Ann. Although Bobby is thrilled by Ann's transformation, his team is nearly thwarted when the coxswain loses his voice. Just before Jeff, who has conspired with Ann to motivate Bobby and the team to study their philosophy and train hard, forfeits their match with England's Lethbridge crew, Ann volunteers to call strokes. By singing in a fast rhythm, Ann then leads Bobby and the crew to their first victory.

Cast

Jimmy Durante

Hank Merman

Charles Butterworth

[Professor] Ethelred Lippincott

Maxine Doyle

Ann Lippincott

Florine Mckinney

Lilith Lorraine

Phil Regan

Bobby Kane

Monte Blue

Jeff Kane

Douglas Fowley

Mushy

Nelson Eddy

Himself

Betty Grable

Cayenne

Fay Mckenzie

Mary Lou

Bobby Gordon

Jakie

Mary Loos

Dolores

Pauline Brooks

Peggy

Herman Brix

Hercules

Florence And Alvarez

Dance team

Mary Jane Irving

Student

Dorothy Short

Student

Jean Seal

Student

Edna May Jones

Student

Susanne Thompson

Student

Joan Sheldon

Student

Maxine Nash

Student

Joan Arlen

Student

Vivian Reid

Student

June Storey

Student

Ercell Woods

Student

Midgie Dare

Student

Clarise Woods

Student

Dixie Dean

Student

Jerry Franks

Student

George Bruggerman

Student

Bryant Washburn Jr.

Student

Dale Van Sickle

Student

David O'brien

Student

Jack Lubell

Student

Dudley James

Student

Carlyle Blackwell Jr.

Student

Lyman Williams

Student

Lynn Cowan

Master of ceremonies

Helen Chan

Sum Toy

Eddie Hart

Stewart

D. Slickenmeyer

Officer

Herbert Prior

Grouch

Minerva Urecal

Wife

Carl Stockdale

Dean

Arthur Hoyt

Assistant to dean

Dora Clemant

Wardrobe woman

Dewey Robinson

War lord

Nick Copeland

Waiter

Frank Tang

Chinese prisoner

Luke Chan

Chinese prisoner

Sam Flint

Captain

June Gittelson

Fat girl

Tom Tamerez

Indian prince

Arthur Wanzer

Elderly man

Florence Roberts

Elderly woman

Red Berger

Mailman

Harry Strathy

Businessman

Larry Wheat

Businessman

E. Alyn Warren

Saga

Robert Stevenson

Bartender

Fred Malatesta

French manager

Dick Farham

Assistant manager

Charles Fallon

Croupier

Sherry Hall

Radio announcer

Mischa Auer

Sikhi cop

Edward Le Saint

Old graduate

A. Barr Smith

English coxswain

Robert Adair

English trainer

Herbert Evans

English coach

Neville Clark

Captain of English crew

Otto Frisco

Indian fakir

Eddie Dass

Indian fakir

James Bell

Indian fakir

Sam Lewis

Jewish Hindu

Jamiel Hasson

Indian policeman

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Musical
Release Date
Oct 5, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 27m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Articles

Student Tour


In the midst of the Great Depression, MGM's glossy musical comedies mostly ignored the country's economic struggle in favor of upscale frivolity amongst the silver gown and dinner jacket set. Future top writing and directing names George Seaton and Philip Dunne helped write 1934's Student Tour, an absurd spin on the collegiate movie craze described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a swell piece of nonsense." To avoid the cancellation of a world tour for Bartlett College's flunking crew team, the 'college vamp' Lilith (Florine McKinney) burns the final exams and shanghaies the dotty philosophy professor Ethelred Lippincott (Charles Butterworth) to tutor them en route. Thus begins an unforgettable chartered cruise. To win the heart of the team captain Bobby (Phil Regan) Lippincott's mousy niece Ann (Maxine Doyle) dons a disguise as an exotic woman of mystery.

Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown came up with five new songs for Doyle and Regan, who are joined in two numbers by an eighteen-year-old newcomer, Betty Grable. As the team's goofy trainer, Jimmy Durante contributes more raucous comedy and his own song, "I Say it With Music".

The musical numbers alternate with outrageous incidents at the tour's four ports of call. A Chinese sage in Shanghai gives his daughter Sum Toy (Helen Chan) to the professor as a gesture of hospitality. In Monte Carlo, guest baritone Nelson Eddy sings in a big music and dance number, "The Carlo." A finale in England sees Durante coaching the Bartlett crew team for a rowing race on the Thames, with Maxine serving as an unorthodox coxswain.

Variety judged Student Tour a lively distraction and a showcase for new talent. Nelson Eddy advanced directly to his highly successful series of operettas opposite Jeanette MacDonald. Bit player Herman Brix soon won the lead role in the serial The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) and in 1939 would change his name to Bruce Bennett.

By Glenn Erickson
Student Tour

Student Tour

In the midst of the Great Depression, MGM's glossy musical comedies mostly ignored the country's economic struggle in favor of upscale frivolity amongst the silver gown and dinner jacket set. Future top writing and directing names George Seaton and Philip Dunne helped write 1934's Student Tour, an absurd spin on the collegiate movie craze described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a swell piece of nonsense." To avoid the cancellation of a world tour for Bartlett College's flunking crew team, the 'college vamp' Lilith (Florine McKinney) burns the final exams and shanghaies the dotty philosophy professor Ethelred Lippincott (Charles Butterworth) to tutor them en route. Thus begins an unforgettable chartered cruise. To win the heart of the team captain Bobby (Phil Regan) Lippincott's mousy niece Ann (Maxine Doyle) dons a disguise as an exotic woman of mystery. Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown came up with five new songs for Doyle and Regan, who are joined in two numbers by an eighteen-year-old newcomer, Betty Grable. As the team's goofy trainer, Jimmy Durante contributes more raucous comedy and his own song, "I Say it With Music". The musical numbers alternate with outrageous incidents at the tour's four ports of call. A Chinese sage in Shanghai gives his daughter Sum Toy (Helen Chan) to the professor as a gesture of hospitality. In Monte Carlo, guest baritone Nelson Eddy sings in a big music and dance number, "The Carlo." A finale in England sees Durante coaching the Bartlett crew team for a rowing race on the Thames, with Maxine serving as an unorthodox coxswain. Variety judged Student Tour a lively distraction and a showcase for new talent. Nelson Eddy advanced directly to his highly successful series of operettas opposite Jeanette MacDonald. Bit player Herman Brix soon won the lead role in the serial The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935) and in 1939 would change his name to Bruce Bennett. By Glenn Erickson

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Although Jimmy Durante's name appears last in the onscreen cast list, he is given top billing on the film's title frame and in reviews. In the second onscreen credit, his name is spelled Jimmie instead of Jimmy. M-G-M borrowed Maxine Doyle from Warner Bros. for this production. Variety notes that the cast included "co-eds" from various Western colleges and universities, most of whom made their screen debuts in this production.