Although steeped in talent, director Ray McCarey failed to make it big like his brother Leo McCarey. Like many other famous Hollywood personalities, Ray began his career at Hollywood as a prop boy, but soon graduated to directing Laurel and Hardy comedies. He later moved to Columbia pictures where he directed another series of sidesplitting comedies involving the Three Stooges. McCarey’s versatility as a director is evidenced by the wide spectrum of films he directed - comedies, musicals and westerns. This 1934 vintage Hollywood movie, that is preserved on DVD by a2zcds.com, is an excellent example of McCarey’s skills.
Life on the college campus is thrown out of gear when, quite unexpectedly, track star Don Cooper (Lon Chaney Jr.) defeats the charismatic and overconfident Larry Haynes (Edward Nugent) in the student elections. The fallout of this result is that both Don and Larry ignore their sweethearts Gwen (Mary Carlisle) and Mary (Gigi Parrish) . When both the boys end up second best at the inter-collegiate athletics meet, it is up to the girls to spur them into action and help their college win the championship. With just one point separating them from the nearest rivals, the boys need all the encouragement Gwen and Mary can generate.
Running Time: 63 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
Normally one associates muscleman Lon Chaney Jr. with horror or crime classics, but it is a delightful change to see him in The Girl o' My Dreams as an innocent sophomore, who is finding out that there is more to life than being able to hurl a 16 pound brass ball further than any other competitor. Set on a college campus, this movie has traces of a musical, a sprinkling of action, a few rings of romance and a huge slice of comedy all thrown together in an enjoyable manner by director Ray McCarey. Although the cast seems to be a little over the hill for their roles, laudable performances by one and all more than cover up for minor flaws. The music is great and it is amusing to see Lon flex his vocal muscles for a change.
Predictably the movie ends on a suspense-filled note and equally predictably on a victorious note for the home team, but not before entertaining you sufficiently with some convincing athletic feats.
All in all this is an entertaining movie, with a bit of something for everybody and is the kind of movie you would like to witness with the family when its raining on a Sunday morning. Witness this hilarious college-life drama - which if nothing else - promises to evoke nostalgia.
"This is one movie for the whole family. Lighthearted and entertaining, it reminds me of my college days, when life on the campus was simple and full of wholesome fun. I enjoyed it and I know that everybody who treasures his or her undergrad days will be entertained as well." (Lisa M. Brown Florida)
"Lon Chaney as an amorous undergrad! I had to rub my eyes a couple of times to be sure it was Lon Chaney. The last I saw if him was as the murderous Indestructible Man and I never dreamt of seeing him as a shy, romantic youngster. Quite entertaining. I enjoyed myself and so did all the other girls in our club."
Mercy Higgins (Portland, Oregon)
CAST & CREW:
Arthur Lake - Bobby Barnes
Tom Dugan - Joe Smiley
Mary (as Gi-Gi Parrish) - Jack
Jeanie Roberts -
Betty Mae Crane - 'Nip and Tuck' twin (as Crane Sisters)
Beverly Crane - (as Crane Sisters)
Lee Shumway -
Ted Dahl - (as Ted Dahl and His Orchestra)
George Cleveland - (uncredited)
Jack Frost - (uncredited)
Herbert Hall - (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten - Professor (uncredited)
Frank McKee - (uncredited)
Ira H. Morgan - Cinematography
Jack Ogilvie- Editor
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