Sorority House (film)
|Directed by||John Farrow|
|Produced by||Robert Sisk|
|Screenplay by||Dalton Trumbo
|Based on||Chi House
1938 unproduced play
by Mary Coyle Chase
|Music by||Roy Webb|
|Edited by||Harry Marker|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|May 5, 1939|
Alice Fisher (Anne Shirley) is the daughter of Lew Fisher (J.M. Kerrigan), 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 (Barbara Read) and Merle Scott (Pamela Blake). 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 (James Ellison), who is dating Neva Simpson (Doris Davenport). 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.
- Anne Shirley as Alice Fisher
- James Ellison as Bill Loomis
- Barbara Read as Dotty Spencer
- Pamela Blake as Merle Scott
- J.M. Kerrigan as Lew Fisher
- Helen Wood - Mme. President as Martha Lanigan
- Doris Davenport as Neva Simpson
- June Storey as Norma Hancock
- Elisabeth Risdon as Mrs. Scott
- Chill Wills as Mr. Johnson
Sorority House was a loose reworking of RKO's earlier Finishing School (1934). Scripted by Dalton Trumbo, who'd later get into hot water with the HUAC (The House Un-American Activities Committee) for another screenplay about a group of ladies living together, Tender Comrade (1943). This film was later used by the HUAC as evidence of Dalton Trumbo spreading communist propaganda. Trumbo was subsequently blacklisted. 
- Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p130
- Movie Mirror Plot outline
- Selznick Quests New Serious Lombard Idea Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 12 Dec 1938: 28.
- 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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