Mother Is a Freshman


Mother Is a Freshman

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The same studio that brought forth Father Was a Fullback was responsible for Mother is a Freshman. Loretta Young stars as Abbigail Abbott, the widowed mother of coed Susan Abbott (Betty Lynn). In order to legally validate Susan's scholarship fund (a legacy of her late grandmother), Abigail enrolls in the university as a freshman. Here she is wooed by Professor Richard Michaels (Van Johnson)--much to Susan's dismay, since she'd set her cap for the professor herself. Rudy Vallee reprises the "stuffy middle-aged suitor" characterization he'd essayed in such previous comedies as The Palm Beach Story and Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. Mother is a Freshman afforded audiences the opportunity of glimpsing 20th Century-Fox's familiar "college campus" sets in full Technicolor (these standing sets were also seen in black & white in such 1949 releases as Mr. Belvedere Goes to College and It Happens Every Spring).


Loretta Young
as Abigail "Abby" Fortitude Abbott
Van Johnson
as Prof. Richard Michaels
Rudy Vallee
as Prof. John Heaslip
Barbara Lawrence
as Louise Sharpe
Robert Arthur
as Beaumont Jackson
Griff Barnett
as Dean Gillingham
Kathleen Hughes
as Rhoda Adams
Eddie Dunn
as George
Claire Meade
as Mrs. Gillingham
Henri Letondal
as Prof. Romaine
Virginia Brissac
as Miss Grimes
Charles Lane
as Mr. De Haven
Kathryn Card
as Mrs. Grammerton
Mickey Finn
as Joe Granite
Ruth Tobey
as June Walker
Robert Patten
as Young Man
George Mathews
as Cab Driver
Pat Combs
as Cab Driver
Marion Colby
as Bit Girl
Geneva Gray
as Bit Girl
John Miles
as College Student
Roger McGee
as College Student
Nelson King
as College Student
Richard Clayton
as College Student
Richard Dumas
as College Student
Lee MacGregor
as College Student
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