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She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)

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She's Working Her Way Through College is a completely depoliticized remake of the liberal-minded comedy The Male Animal (1942). Virginia Mayo plays an exotic dancer, Angela Gardner, who decides to improve her mind; she enrolls in a college where Professor John Palmer (Ronald Reagan) teaches English. In between Angela's lively musical numbers, the film concentrates on an old rivalry between the bookish Palmer and onetime college football jock Shep Slade (Don DeFore, who'd played a bit in The Male Animal). When the college trustees oppose Angela's presence on campus, Palmer staunchly defends her right to an education. In the original Male Animal, the climactic scene involved a controversial public reading of a letter by anarchist Bartolomeo Vanzetti; in She's Working Her Way Through College, Palmer stands up at a public assembly to convince the populace that exotic dancers have the same rights as anyone else. Of course, Ronald Reagan could take a political stance if he wanted to...but not in this film.

Cast

Virginia Mayo
as Angela Gardner/Hot Garters Gertie
Ronald Reagan
as John Palmer
Gene Nelson
as Don Weston
Don DeFore
as Shep Slade
Phyllis Thaxter
as Helen Palmer
Patrice Wymore
as Ivy Williams
Roland Winters
as Fred Copeland
Raymond Greenleaf
as Dean Rogers
Norman Bartold
as `Tiny' Gordon
Henrietta Taylor
as Mrs. Copeland
Hope Sansberry
as Mrs. Rogers
George Meader
as Professor
Eve Miller
as Secretary
Ramon Blackburn
as Blackburn Twin
Royce Blackburn
as Blackburn Twin
Bette Arlen
as Chorus Girl
Valerie Vernon
as Chorus Girl
Hazel Shaw
as Chorus Girl
Barbara Ritchie
as Chorus Girl
James Ogg
as Sailor
Charles Marsh
as Stage Manager
Jack Gargan
as Professor
Ray Linn Jr.
as Senator
Jessie Arnold
as Wardrobe Woman
Louis Cutelli
as `Square'
Larry Craig
as Student
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