Bachelor of Arts


1h 15m 1934

Film Details

Also Known As
John Erskine's Bachelor of Arts
Release Date
Nov 23, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Pomona, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Bachelor of Arts by John Erskine (Indianapolis, 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,820ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Alexander "Alec" Hamilton, Jr., a headstrong, but likable freshman at the state college, falls in love at first sight with co-ed Mimi Smith when he sees her standing over him after he gets involved in a brawl at an antiwar speech. After nearly getting into a couple of more fights, Alec, whose father, the owner of Hamilton Iron Works, is sending him through college, proposes to Mimi, who works her way through as a dining hall cashier, but she only agrees to date. After Alec breaks a date with Mimi when his fraternity initiation turns into an all-night drinking party, he meets a radical reading Karl Marx's Das Capital and, convinced that Mimi has not come up against the "realities of life," takes her to a rally in the park. The rally soon turns into a brawl when the people congregated resent Alec and Mimi's intrusion. Mimi and Alec become engaged, but when Alec, on a whim, buys a car instead of her engagement ring, she calls him a spoiled child and says that they should not see each other again. After she sees him driving with Gladys Cottle, who tries to make her jealous, Mimi returns Alec's fraternity pin. As Alec gets acquainted with one of his instructors, Professor Barth, the professor's wife Mary, who is ill, and Robert Neal, an excellent student who is confined to a wheelchair, he begins to mature; however, when he thinks that Mimi and Professor Donald Woolsey, who has fallen in love with her, are making fun of his singing at Glee Club practice, Alec rebukes Mimi, goes drinking with Gladys and neglects his studies. After the dean reprimands Alec and he is arrested for reckless driving, Mimi writes his father and convinces him not to give Alec money so that he will have to work. Alec gets a job in the University Cafe, and when he learns from Neal that Mrs. Barth will die if she does not get to a better climate soon, he retrieves his fraternity pin from Gladys, who gives it up for a kiss when she sees Mimi watching, hocks it with his watch and sells his blood to get $200, which he leaves anonymously for Mary and Professor Barth so that they can go to the desert. After Mimi reprimands Alec for kissing Gladys, Woolsey, who saw Alec leave the money, tells Mimi of the deed and explains that Alec needed contact with something real: the Barths. Mimi stops Alec from leaving school, and they are reconciled.

Film Details

Also Known As
John Erskine's Bachelor of Arts
Release Date
Nov 23, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Pomona, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Bachelor of Arts by John Erskine (Indianapolis, 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,820ft (8 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

The novel was originally published in the magazine section of the Herald-Tribune (25 February-13 May 1934). The title card in the opening credits for this film reads: "Fox Film presents John Erskine's Bachelor of Arts." John Erskine, noted humorist, poet and author, was a professor at Columbia University. According to a Daily Variety news item, many scenes were shot on location at Pomona College in Pomona, CA. According to Motion Picture Herald, this was the first film in which Henry B. Walthall and Mae Marsh appeared together since the 1915 D. W. Griffith film, The Birth of a Nation (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.0337). Motion Picture Herald also noted that Tom Brown and Anita Louise previously had been teamed together as the sweethearts in Judge Priest (see below). Variety stated that Ted Novis was credited with handling the singing; it is unclear whether only his voice was heard in the film or whether he actually appeared onscreen.