- 3 2017
Let's Go Collegiate
Lindsley Parsons for Monogram
directed by Jean Yarbrough
starring Frankie Darro, Jackie Moran, Frank Sully, Mantan Moreland, Keye Luke, Marcia Mae Jones, Gale Storm, Billy Griffith, Barton Yarborough, Marguerite Whitten, Frank Faylen, Paul Maxey, Tristram Coffin, Gene O'Donnell
written by Edmond Kelso, music by Edward J.Kay
Frankie & Mantan
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Frankie (Frankie Darro) and Tad (Jackie Moran) are supposed to bring
Bob Terry, rowing legend, to Rawley college, so that the college this year
wins the rowing competition against their chief rival, Standish
university. But on the day Terry is to arrive he is drafted by the
US-army. Frankie and Tad, fearing for their reputation (and their success
with the girls) come up with a stupid plan to keep everybody from noticing
their failure: They just get Herk (Frank Sully), a naive hunk they meet on
the street, to impersonate Bob Terry for one evening, so at least their
faces are saved.
Unfortunately, Herk likes to be on campus, especially because Tad's and
Frankie's girls (Marcia Mae Jones, Gale Storm) fall for him, and decides
to stay for the term. At first, Frankie and Tad are furious and want to
use every trick in the book to have him kicked out - until they realize
what a valuable addition for the rowing team he is, so they decide to help
him through his classes, even though that means their own grades drop
significantly (for which they are almost kicked from the rowing team
Finally, Rawley defeats Standish in the rowing championships just
before the police catches up with Herk and arrests him because he turns
out to be a dangerous bankrobber on the side ... and everything is back to
Mantan Moreland plays Frankie's chauffeur (since when do college kids
have a chauffeur ?), MArguerite Whitten Mantan's love interest.
One of the lesser films of the Frankie-and-Mantan-series,
and one of the few tht breaks with the established formula, throwing the
couple in a college comedy instead of the more familiar crime comedy.
Plus, the two of them aren't really working as a team here since Mantan is
removed from the center of the proceedings. Still his scenes - even if
they are few and far between - are the highlights of the film.