She's Working Her Way Through College

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She's Working Her Way Through College
She's Working Her Way Through College poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
Screenplay byPeter Milne
Based onThe Male Animal (1940 play)
by Elliott Nugent
James Thurber[1]
StarringVirginia Mayo
Ronald Reagan
Gene Nelson
Music byRay Heindorf
CinematographyWilfred M. Cline
Edited byClarence Kolster
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
July 12, 1952 (1952-07-12)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States

She's Working Her Way Through College is a 1952 American comedy film produced by Warner Bros. A musical comedy in Technicolor, it was directed by H. Bruce Humberstone, and starred Virginia Mayo and Ronald Reagan. She's Working Her Way through College is adapted quite loosely from the 1942 film of James Thurber's and Elliott Nugent's First Amendment comedy/drama The Male Animal that starred Olivia de Havilland and Henry Fonda and which, in turn, was based on the 1940 Broadway play of the same name and written by the same authors.[2]


Angela Gardner (Virginia Mayo) is an exotic dancer who decides to improve her mind; she enrolls in a college where Professor John Palmer (Ronald Reagan) teaches English. There is an old rivalry between the bookish Palmer and onetime college football jock Shep Slade (Don DeFore). When the college trustees oppose Angela's presence on campus, Palmer staunchly defends her right to an education.[3]



  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1952-07-10). "Movie Review - She s Working Her Way Through College - THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ' She's Working Her Way Through College,' With Virginia Mayo, New Bill at Paramount". Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  2. ^ "She's Working Her Way Through College (1952) - Articles". Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  3. ^ Synopsis by Hal Erickson. "She's Working Her Way Through College (1952) - H. Bruce Humberstone | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved 2015-05-08.

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