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The College Coquette (1929)


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Cast overview:
Ruth Taylor ... Betty Forrester
William Collier Jr. ... Tom Marion
Jobyna Ralston ... Doris Marlowe
John Holland ... Coach Harvey Porter
Adda Gleason Adda Gleason ... Mrs. Ethel Forrester
Gretchen Hartman ... Mrs. Marlowe
Frances Lyons Frances Lyons ... Edna
Edward Peil Jr. Edward Peil Jr. ... Slim
Eddie Clayton Eddie Clayton ... Ted (as Edward Clayton)
Maurice Murphy ... Jimmy Doolittle
Billy Taft Billy Taft ... Boy with ukelele


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College Days and Exciting Nights in which students waste the midnight oil and jazz bands work overtime. (Print Ad- Telegraph -Herald and Times-Journal,((Dubuque, Iowa)) 8 September 1929)


Drama | Romance







Release Date:

5 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colegial Coquete See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A Real Stinker
14 February 2009 | by pastier-1See all my reviews

This is currently showing at the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto, as a bookend to The Freshman. Both films were made in the 1920s, are about upper-class college life, swank parties, overdressed and overaged students, and football, and feature Jobyna Ralston. After that, most resemblances end.

The Freshman is a wonderful silent film, a comedy that combines slapstick with subtlety, and Ralston brings depth, tenderness, and a delicate beauty to her role.

The College Coquette is an early talkie melodrama, ground out by a bunch of hacks. Ralston is ineffective and one-dimensional, as are the other characters. The plot is clich├ęd and primitive.

Usually the old films that survive are good ones, and we thus become spoiled, and assume that they represent the norm of their time. This turkey reminds us that there must have been quite a few times when Hollywood laid an egg, this definitely being one of them.

Bottom line -- this is by far the worst movie I've seen in many years.

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