College Lovers (lost Pre-Code film; 1930)
College Lovers is a 1930 Pre-Code film about a romance on a college campus. The film was released by Warner Bros. under the subsidiary of First National Pictures and was directed by John G. Adolfi. The film was based on the story of the same name by Earl Baldwin, a man who wrote over fifty screenplays throughout his lifetime.
Tiny Courtley, a star football player, leaves Sanford College after discovering that his girlfriend eloped with another man. Frank Taylor, the student manager of the college's athletic association, knows that they need Williams to help them win an important football game against a rivaling college. He makes a plan with his girlfriend to help get Williams back into the college to win the game.
The film was initially planned to be a full-scale musical comedy. However, due to audiences growing tired of musicals, a majority of the numbers were cut from the movie. Advertisements and trailers claimed that there was music in the film and that Jack Whiting, who played Frank Taylor, was a singing comedy star; however, there was no singing in the film at all. The cuts that happened accounted for the film's very short running time of 61 minutes.
No traces of this film are known to survive, but it's possible that the soundtrack, which was recorded on Vitaphone, could survive in private hands. Wikipedia claims an alternate version of the film was released outside the United States that contained the cut musical numbers, as there was still international interest in musicals; however, there is no evidence that such a cut was ever made, and if it was, it is now similarly lost.
- Entry for the film in the American Film Institute's catalog Retrieved 03 Jan '18.
- Review of the film in the 11/30/1930 issue of The Film Daily Retrieved 03 Jan '18.
- Page for the film on The Silent Film Still Archive. Retrieved 03 Jan '18.
- Review of the film in the 12/03/1930 issue of Variety. Retrieved 03 Jan '18.