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Start Cheering (1938)

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78 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Film star Ted Crosley, fed up with movie life, quits pictures to enroll in Midland College, much to the horror of his manager Sam Lewis and his stooge-friend Willie Gumbatz. Ted wishes to enroll in school under an assumed name but Sam, ...See moreFilm star Ted Crosley, fed up with movie life, quits pictures to enroll in Midland College, much to the horror of his manager Sam Lewis and his stooge-friend Willie Gumbatz. Ted wishes to enroll in school under an assumed name but Sam, hoping to nip his school plans in the bud, tips off the press and school. En route, Ted has met and fallen in love with Jean Worthington, daughter of Dean Worthington who is counting on Ted's enrollment to save his job. Ted, as the hero of many college and football movies, is given a royal welcome when he arrives. In an effort to make the Midland football team a bigger draw and pay off the stadium debt, Ted is put on the varsity team, where, his exploits don't match those he had on screen, and he is actually a liability. He soon incurs the enmity of Biff Gordon, the school's football hero and Ted's rival for Jean. Biff sets Ted up with a fake fraternity initiation, wherein Ted passes on the tin fraternity ring, taken from a candy box, to Jean. Suspecting unjustly that Jean was part of the hoax, Ted quits school and signs a big radio contract. When the school learns of the hoax, it suspends Biff and the entire team on the eve of the big game. Ted hears about it and his loyalty to the school prompts him to return and square the team with the faculty. They win the big game. Ted, still believing that Jean was in on the trick, boards a train back to New York. Jean learns that Ted is about to lose his radio contract because he can't get back in time, and suggests to Sam that he arrange with the school for Ted to broadcast from the stadium, using the college band and glee club. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Eugene Solow (screen play) | Richard Wormser (screen play) (as Richard E. Wormser) | Philip Rapp (screen play) | Corey Ford (story)
Cinematographer
Joseph Walker (photography)
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Mar 3, 1938 (United States)

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92 cast members
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Jimmy Durante
Willie Gumbatz Willie Gumbatz   See fewer
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Walter Connolly
Sam Lewis Sam Lewis   See fewer
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Joan Perry
Jean Worthington Jean Worthington   See fewer
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Charles Starrett
Ted Crosley Ted Crosley   See fewer
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Craig E. Earle
Professor Quiz (as Professor Quiz) Professor Quiz (as Professor Quiz)   See fewer
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Raymond Walburn
Dean Worthington Dean Worthington   See fewer
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The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges The Three Stooges   See fewer
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Broderick Crawford
Biff Gordon Biff Gordon   See fewer
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Hal Le Roy
'Tarzan' Biddle 'Tarzan' Biddle   See fewer
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Ernest Truex
Blodgett Blodgett   See fewer
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Chaz Chase
Shorty (as Chaz. Chase) Shorty (as Chaz. Chase)   See fewer
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Jimmy Wallington
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Gene Morgan
Coach Burns Coach Burns   See fewer
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Arthur Hoyt
Librarian Librarian   See fewer
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Howard Hickman
Dr. Fosdick Dr. Fosdick   See fewer
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Minerva Urecal
Miss Grimley Miss Grimley   See fewer
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Arthur Loft
Joe Green Joe Green   See fewer
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Nick Lukats
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats   See fewer
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Louis Prima and His Band
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Johnny Green - Conductor of His Orchestra Johnny Green - Conductor of His Orchestra   See fewer
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William Arnold
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Student (uncredited) Student (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Blackwood
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Don Brodie
The Dean's Secretary (uncredited) The Dean's Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lane Chandler
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Edith Craig
Peggy (uncredited) Peggy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lew Davis
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Flossie (uncredited) Flossie (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 132 votes