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Murder Goes to College

Murder Goes to College(1937)

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Letters and memos in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS library indicate that Joseph I. Breen, Director of the PCA, had two specific reservations about the film, namely the suggestion of an illicit affair between the characters Greta and Broderick, and "the constant drinking by Sim." Although in January 1937 Breen felt that the script was satisfactory, a viewing of the final print in February 1937 led Breen to reject the picture from the standpoint of the Production Code "on the grounds that it contains scenes showing unnecessary, excessive, and offensive drinking." A February 1937 memo indicates that the PCA came to an agreement with Paramount to delete several scenes involving liquor and drinking. John Indrisano, Mae West's bodyguard and a one-time boxer, made his screen debut as Belno's bodyguard. A scene in which Larry Crabbe shoots out his character's name in bullets was actually performed by the actor after director Charles Riesner bet him he could not do it, according to the pressbook. All references to the ending in the pressbook note that Sim, Roscoe Karns's character, gets the date with Nora, not Hank, Lynne Overman's character. Clayton W. Hopkins, a hearing impaired person, sat in with the director during filming in an effort to make this film understandable to hearing impaired people. The actors were required to speak distinctly enough to be understood by lip readers. A pre-release article in the Los Angeles Examiner notes that George Raft was originally intended for a role in this film, however, Raft left Paramount at this time, and Lloyd Nolan was expected to take his place in this film.