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In "Life Begins at College" the Ritz Brothers again present their particular brand of humor to the University's theatre audiences.
On some occasions, such as a scene in which they bribe the dean of the college to keep the coach and let them play on the team, they are actually amusing, In many of their acts they become tiresome, vulgar, and maudlin. When one appears without his pants, it may be funny the first time, but not the second, or the third; and "Life Begins at College" is not even their third vehicle.
The first time a member of a trio ever dressed up in woman's clothes for an act, it may have been funny. One of the Ritz Brothers does just this in their latest film; it is neither clever nor side-splitting.
Aside from these three, the film hasn't much else. It presents the old plot of the football coach who is too old, the efforts to reinstate him, the star declared ineligible just before the big game, and the eventual winning of the game.
Biggest laughs of the whole film are provided by Holywood's conception of a football game. Among directorial novelties is the timekeeper who fires a gun to denote the end of the game.
In the co-feature, Nero Wolfe returns with Archy Goodwin in "The League of Frightened Men," unsatisfactory as so many mystery films are because the identity of the villain is not proved until the final scene, because almost any of a number of characters might have been selected by detective Walter Connolly instead of the one whom he did select.
Connolly suffers in his characterization because Edward Arnold has already given the screen one Nero Wolfe. As the sleuth right-hand man Lionel Standor contributes the only original elements to the film.
Currently the University presents a pot-boiling bill, not very good, not terribly poor. Add "The March of Time," some long pre-vues, and lengthy news-reel, and there's a quarter's worth.
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