Musical Monday: “Campus Rhythm (1943)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.

This week’s musical:
Campus Rhythm” — Musical #483

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Studio:
Monogram Pictures Corporation

Director:
Arthur Dreifuss

Starring:
Gale Storm, Johnny Downs, Marie Blake, Robert Lowery, Claudia Drake, GeGe Pearson, Candy Candido

Plot:
Radio singer Joan Abbott (Storm) has been in show business all her life and wants to go to college. However, her uncle has the power to sign her to a radio contract when she is ready to leave for school. Joan runs away from the radio career and goes to college under the fake name Susie Smith. She meets school newspaper man Scoop (Downs) and frat boy wolf Buzz (Lowery) who vie for her attentions, much to the chagrin of Buzz’s girl Cynthia (Drake). Cynthia suspects Joan’s true identity and contacts the radio station.

Trivia:
-The movie is about a radio singer and features real radio performer GeGe Pearson.
-Candy Candido uses goofy voices in his musical numbers. You may recognize his voice as the voice to characters in some Disney films.

Highlights:
-Jitterbugging co-eds featuring dancer Genevieve Grazis

Notable Songs:
None of the songs are famous or popular, but they are all fun and very World War II era such as:
-It’s Great to be a College Girl sung by Gale Storm
-Walkin’ the Chalk Line sung by Gale Storm and GeGe Pearson
-Swing Your Way Through College sung by Gale Storm
-You Character sung by GeGe Pearson
-But Not You sung by Gale Storm

My Review:
“Campus Rhythm” is a low budget film with a simple plot and several unfamiliar actors. However, it’s a lot of fun.
Collegiate films are some of my favorite and this ranks pretty well. It’s full of 1940s fashion and music.
This is a fresh little film and it’s 63 minutes worth watching.

 Also checkout our friend Raquel’s post on “Campus Rhythm” over at Out of the Past blog

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