November 28, 1946
Betty Co-Ed is a 1946 American musical comedy film starring Jean Porter, directed by Arthur Dreifuss and produced by Sam Katzman.
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Vaudeville is in Joanne Leeds’ blood, but when she applies for admission at prestigious Upton College, she is accepted because it is mistakenly believed she hails from a prominent family.
A rivalry begins immediately with campus co-ed Gloria Campbell, who resents boyfriend Bill Brewster’s interest in the new girl. Joanne is humiliated by Gloria during a college pledge party. Attending a school dance by herself, Joanne joins the singers on stage and impresses Bill and other students.
Deciding to run for the title of “Betty Co-Ed,” most popular girl on campus, Joanne is crossed again by Gloria, who stuffs the ballot box to make it appear Joanne has rigged the vote. Faced with expulsion, Joanne delivers a speech that causes Gloria to develop a guilty conscience and apologize.
Jean Porter as Joanne Leeds
Shirley Mills as Gloria Campbell
William Mason as Bill Brewster
The film was based on a story by Erna Lazarus which Columbia Pictures bought in 1945. They assigned it to Sam Katzman, who made it for his production company, Kay Pictures, who released through Columbia. Porter was borrowed from MGM to play the lead. She wound up making a number of movies for Katzman.
^ “Red to Do Tent Shows; ‘L.A.’ Operetta Planned” Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] August 5, 1946: A2.
^ “Pressburger Buys Maugham’s Novel: United Artists Producer Pays $200,000 for ‘Then and Now’ –Gov. Davis to Do Film Achard Signed by Paramount Of Local Origin Special to The New York Times” New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] August 5, 1946: 17
Betty Co-Ed at IMDB
Betty Co-Ed at TCMDB
Review of film at Variety
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Bars of Hate (1935)
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The Fighting Coward (1935)
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The Phantom of the Range (1936)
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The Rogues Tavern (1936)
Taming the Wild (1936)