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So This Is College (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 November 1929 (USA)
Biff and Eddie are the best of friends. They are college seniors, roommates at the fraternity, and star teammates on the USC football team. Then a flapper named Babs enters the picture. ... See full summary »


Sam Wood


Al Boasberg (screen play), Delmer Daves (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Elliott Nugent ... Eddie
Robert Montgomery ... Biff
Cliff Edwards ... Windy
Sally Starr ... Babs Baxter
Phyllis Crane ... Betty Jackson
Dorothy Dehn Dorothy Dehn ... Jane
Max Davidson ... Moe
Ann Brody ... Momma - Moe's Wife
Oscar Rudolph Oscar Rudolph ... Freshie
Gene Stone Gene Stone ... Stupid - Gawky Freshman
Polly Moran ... Polly - Fraternity Cook
Lee Shumway ... Coach


Biff and Eddie are the best of friends. They are college seniors, roommates at the fraternity, and star teammates on the USC football team. Then a flapper named Babs enters the picture. Biff considers Babs his girl, and she does like him more than Eddie, but Eddie is persistent. Everywhere they go, Eddie and Biff are competing for Babs. When Eddie backs off for the sake of the friendship, Babs decides that she wants him, and this causes the friendship to end. Their rivalry even threatens the team's play in the big Stanford football game. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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"Hotter than red hot po-ta-ters! To-tal loss to al-ma ma-ters!" (Print Ad- Granby Leader-Mail,((Granby, PQ)) 20 December 1929) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport


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Did You Know?


This film's initial telecast took place in Minneapolis on Sunday, July 21, 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); elsewhere, its age and lack of sponsor interest in collegiate life of the older generation three decades past aroused little interest, and it was infrequently taken off the shelf - and then only in the less predominant markets. It first aired in Norfolk VA on August 14, 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Honolulu on December 7, 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Phoenix on July 20, 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Portland OR on September 26, 1958 on KGW (Channel 8), in Spokane on October 6, 1958 on KHQ (Channel 6), in Miami on November 16, 1958 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Akron on December 9, 1958 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Kalamazoo on July 18, 1959 on WKZO (Channel 3), in Greenville SC on August 17, 1959 on WFBC (Channel 4), and in Louisville KY on August 24, 1960 on WHAS (Channel 11). It now resides in the Turner Classic Movies film library and gets an occasional airing on cable TV on TCM, much to the delight of today's vintage film enthusiasts, who relish the opportunity to journey back to the talking, singing, dancing 1920s in their time machines. See more »


About one hour and ten minutes into the film, a clock tower is shown as Eddie and Babs are getting in late. The clock tower shown is Big Ben in London. Evidently the filmmakers could not or did not get a shot of the clock tower on Mudd Hall at USC. See more »


Biff: Say, Babs, are you all dated up for the Glee Club hop?
Babs: No. I've been waiting for somebody to ask me. Somebody in particular.
Biff: Ha-ha-ha. Gee, that's great! Well, consider yourself asked.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also issued this film in a silent version, with Joe Farnham supplying the titles. Film length is 1860 m. See more »


Fight On
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Milo Sweet
Lyrics by Milo Sweet and Glen Grant
Performed by Students
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A lovestory between two young men
12 July 2020 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

This is very much a pre-code movie. It depicts two male college students who are very much in love with each other, though they don't know that. What does that mean? You mean: do they have sex? No, I don't think so. But they are VERY affectionate physically, especially near the end. They are also physically attracted to co-eds. Sp they're bi-sexual, or whatever you want to call that. I'd say that they are two straight men who have fallen in love with each other. We haven't got a term for that yet.

Other than their relationship, there isn't a lot to this movie. The second half is a very long football game between USC and Stanford that goes on way too long.

If you're interested in the history of college football, you might like the second half of this. If you're interested in how Hollywood portrayed same-sex romance, this might interest you. Otherwise, I didn't find it a very engaging movie.

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8 November 1929 (USA) See more »

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Happy Days See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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