Varsity Show (film)
|Directed by||William Keighley|
|Screenplay by||Jerry Wald
|Story by||Warren Duff
|Music by||Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
George Barnes (finale)
|Editing by||George Amy|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Running time||121 min. (original release)
80 min. (edited release)
Varsity Show is a 1937 American musical film released by Warner Brothers Warner Bros.. The film was directed by William Keighley from a script by Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay, Warren Duff and Sig Herzig. The movie features songs by Richard A. Whiting and many others. The finale was directed by Busby Berkeley.
The film follows a group of students at fictional Winfield College who butt heads with their faculty advisor while producing an annual stage show.
In 1937, Fred Waring was approached to play a starring role in this film. He brought his famous glee club, the Pennsylvanians, to the shoot and planned on using the college glee club from Pomona College ("Winfield College" in the movie) for additional singers. When Waring arrived at the campus he found the Glee Club conductor was ill but his replacement was Robert Shaw. Shaw followed Fred Waring, after the movie was finished, to New York. There, Shaw founded the Collegiate Chorale and the Robert Shaw Chorale. Robert Shaw went on to be one of the most important personalities in American choral music in the 20th century.
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