College Swing
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Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byFrederick Hazlitt Brennan (adaptation)
Walter DeLeon
Francis Martin
Preston Sturges (uncredited)
Produced byLewis E. Gensler
StarringGeorge Burns
Gracie Allen
Martha Raye
Bob Hope
Betty Grable
CinematographyVictor Milner
Edited byLeRoy Stone
Music byLyrics:
Frank Loesser
Burton Lane
Hoagy Carmichael
Manning Sherwin
Gordon Jenkins
John Leipold
Victor Young
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release dates
  • April 13, 1938 (1938-04-13) (New York City)
  • April 29, 1938 (1938-04-29) (United States)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

College Swing, also known as Swing, Teacher, Swing in the U.K., is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, and Bob Hope. The supporting cast features Edward Everett Horton, Ben Blue, Betty Grable, Jackie Coogan, John Payne, Robert Cummings, and Jerry Colonna.


It's 1738, and Gracie Alden of the powerful Alden family fails to graduate from the college founded by her grandfather for the ninth year in a row, so he leaves the institution in his will to the first female of the family to graduate within 200 years. At the deadline, in 1938, another Gracie Alden, the last girl of the line, is having trouble with her studies, so she hires fast-talking Bud Brady to help her. Her efforts are opposed by woman-hating professor Hubert Dash and his secretary George Jones, who don't want to see their beloved college fall into the hands of an empty-headed nit-wit like Gracie.

When by hook and by crook Gracie manages to pass her exam and becomes the owner of the college, she does away with entrance exams, hires a bunch of incompetent but kooky teachers, and turns the place into a jumpin' jitterbugging joint complete with swing bands and remote radio broadcasts.[1][2]


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