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Mother Is a Freshman Details

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The same studio that brought forth [[Feature~V91127~Father Was a Fullback~fatherwasafullback]] was responsible for Mother is a Freshman. [[Performer~P78190~Loretta Young~lorettayoung]] stars as Abbigail Abbott, the widowed mother of coed Susan Abbott ([[Performer~P220236~Betty Lynn~bettylynn]]). In order to legally validate Susan's scholarship fund (a legacy of her late grandmother), Abigail enrolls in the university as a freshman. Here she is wooed by Professor Richard Michaels ([[Performer~P35956~Van Johnson~vanjohnson]])--much to Susan's dismay, since she'd set her cap for the professor herself. [[Performer~P72689~Rudy Vallee~rudyvallee]] reprises the "stuffy middle-aged suitor" characterization he'd essayed in such previous comedies as [[Feature~V37136~The Palm Beach Story~thepalmbeachstory]] and [[Feature~V142114~Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer~thebachelorandthebaby]]. Mother is a Freshman afforded audiences the opportunity of glimpsing 20th Century-Fox's familiar "college campus" sets in full Technicolor (these standing sets were also seen in black & white in such 1949 releases as [[Feature~V103021~Mr. Belvedere Goes to College~mrbelvederegoestocollege]] and [[Feature~V96884~It Happens Every Spring~ithappenseveryspring]]). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kay Nelson Best Color Costume Design 1949 Nominee

Cast

Loretta Young
as Abigail "Abby" Fortitude Abbott
Van Johnson
as Prof. Richard Michaels
Rudy Vallee
as Prof. John Heaslip
Barbara Lawrence
as Louise Sharp
Griff Barnett
as Dean Gillingham
Kathleen Hughes
as Rhoda Adams
Eddie Dunn
as George
Virginia Brissac
as Miss Grimes
Charles Lane
as Mr. DeHaven
Kathryn Card
as Mrs. Grammerton
Marietta Canty
as Beulah
Lee MacGregor
as College Student
Henri Letondal
as Prof. Romaine
Debra Paget
as Linda
Geneva Gray
as Bit Girl
Gene Evans
as Man
Roger McGee
Buster Phelps
as Jack

Crew

Lloyd Bacon
Director
Walter Morosco
Producer
Richard Sale
Screenwriter
Mary Loos
Screenwriter
Raphael Blau
Screenwriter
Arthur E. Arling
Cinematographer
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Maurice Ransford
Art Director
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Kay Nelson
Costume Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects
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