The Under-Pup

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The Under-Pup
The Under Pup -- poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Wallace
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Grover Jones (screenplay)
I. A. R. Wylie (story)
Starring Gloria Jean
Robert Cummings
Music by Charles Previn
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Edited by Frank Gross
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1939 (1939-09-01) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[1][2]


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

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