The Under-Pup

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The Under-Pup
The Under Pup -- poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Wallace
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byGrover Jones (screenplay)
I. A. R. Wylie (story)
StarringGloria Jean
Robert Cummings
Music byCharles Previn
CinematographyHal Mohr
Edited byFrank Gross
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1939 (1939-09-01) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Under-Pup is a 1939 American feature film by Richard Wallace that introduced soprano singing star Gloria Jean to the screen.[1]


The story, adapted by Grover Jones from a magazine story by Australian author I. A. R. Wylie, casts Gloria as a streetwise girl who is sent to a summer camp for wealthy girls. She is at first bullied by the other girls, but she stands up for herself and wins everyone over, including the girl who had bullied her the most, to earn a place in their group, "The Purple Order of Penguins".



The film was well received, and was followed by an unofficial sequel, A Little Bit of Heaven (1940). Many of the cast members from The Under-Pup appear in the second film, but with different character names.

Radio adaptation[edit]

The film script was adapted for radio and was presented on Lux Radio Theater on April 15, 1940, with Gloria Jean and Nan Grey reprising their film roles.[2][3]


  1. ^ "The Under-Pup". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 38 (3): 32–39. Summer 2012.

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