Sorority House (film)

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Sorority House
Directed by John Farrow
Produced by Robert Sisk
Written by Mary Coyle Chase (play)
Dalton Trumbo
Starring Anne Shirley
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by Harry Marker
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
May 5, 1939 (1939-05-05)
Running time
64 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sorority House is a 1939 drama film starring Anne Shirley. The film was directed by John Farrow and based upon the Mary Coyle Chase play named Chi House.[1]


Alice Fisher is the daughter of Lew Fisher, a grocery store owner. She is surprised when he reveals he has college money for her. Alice rolls into a boarding house and becomes friends with room mates Dotty Spencer and Merle Scott. Dotty suggests Alice to join a sorority if she spikes up her looks and earns a few more bucks.

Meanwhile, Alice falls in love with Bill Loomis, who is dating Neva Simpson. He asks Alice out for a date and recommends her for a sorority, stating she is actually rich but pretends not to be. When Alice writes her father a letter she doesn't have the money for a sorority, he sells his store to a chain and receives the money.

Bill and Alice soon fall in love and kiss. This results into conflicts, since Bill is still in a relationship with Neva.[2]



Tim Holt was originally announced as male lead, intending to be reunited with Anne Shirley from Stella Dallas but this did not eventuate.[3]

Veronica Lake was cast in a small role, her first screen part. This was removed in the edit, but the experience encouraged Lake to pursue acting.[4]


  1. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p130
  2. ^ Movie Mirror Plot outline
  3. ^ Selznick Quests New Serious Lombard Idea Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 12 Dec 1938: 28.
  4. ^ VERONICA LAKE, FULL FACE By THEODORE STRAUSS. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 08 Nov 1942: X3.

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