Eight Girls in a Boat


1h 25m 1934

Brief Synopsis

In an exclusive Swiss school for young girls, Crista Storm (Dorothy Wilson) discovers she is going to have a baby, and keeps the secret from everyone but her lover, David Perrin (Douglass Montgomery), a young medical student. Having been in the private school most of her life, she can't confide in her father (Walter Connolly) whom she hardly knows and, while he wishes to but can't afford to marry her, David can't get the approval of his father.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Release Date
Jan 5, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Charles R. Rogers Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

Christa Storm, a student at a girls' school in Switzerland, is in love with biology student David Perrin, and discovers that she is pregnant by him. She does not tell anyone but David, and continues the school's rigorous rowing and swimming program, as well as her studies, but her daydreaming causes her to fail her exams. When her father sees her after a two year absence, he is shocked to find that she is a young woman, but he still treats her like a child and she keeps her secret to herself. David asks Mr. Storm for Christa's hand in marriage, but Storm belittles him because he is poor and committed to scientific studies, and refuses to permit the marriage. Christa's teacher, Hannah, allows her to go into the city one night, but demotes her on the rowing team. That night, Christa decides to commit suicide and steals a bottle of poison from David's friend, Paul Lang. She conceals her intentions from David, and spends her supposed last hours drinking and dancing with his friends at a beer garden. She slips out secretly to swallow the poison, but has a change of heart and throws away the bottle. The next day, Hannah punishes Christa for staying out by forcing her to do repeated laps and dives from a high board into the cold lake. When Christa finally collapses, she confesses her predicament and Hannah and all the girls gather round to comfort her. Although the schoolgirls plan to help Christa with her child, and Hannah shows her much compassion, Christa decides to marry David without her father's permission. After she leaves, the schoolgirls return to their normal routine.

Cast

Dorothy Wilson

Christa Storm

Douglass Montgomery

David [Perrin]

Kay Johnson

Hannah

Walter Connelly

Mr. Storm

Ferike Boros

Krueger

James Bush

Paul [Lang]

Barbara Barondess

"Pickles"

Colin Campbell

Smallman

Jenifer Gray

The strange one

Ruth Heinaman

Goggles

Peggy Montgomery

Hortense

Margaret Marquis

Elizabeth

Dorothy Drake

The naughty

Kathleen Fitz

The ritzy

Phyllis Ludwig

The cry-baby

Marjorie Cavalier

Bobby

Virginia Hall

Mary

Kay Hammond

Katza

Louise Bramlette

Student

Mary Lou Fisher

Student

Alice Louise Fisher

Student

Louise Lynn

Student

Betty Grey

Student

Mildred Hollis

Student

Eleanor Lovegrin

Student

Adele Pearce

Student

Violet Foran

Student

Vivien Ward

Student

Joan Woodbury

Student

Pat Scott

Student

Edna Silverman

Student

Dinar Kavkaz

Student

Harriet Duffield

Student

Jean Olmes

Student

Bobbie Sierks

Student

Dorothy Mae Fargo

Student

Agnes Craney

Student

Jerry Rockwell

"Pickles"

Donna Mcguire

Student

Aline Taylor

Student

Jessie Wakeling

Student

Florence Tobin

Student

Jane Frompton

Student

Betty Vaschon

Student

Leadelle Dudley

Student

Carrie Richter

Student

Marjorie Stase

Student

Hans Von Morehart

Student

Hans Von Feldman

Student

Hans Furberg

Student

Walter Coffey

Student

Paul Metcalf

Student

Fred Wallace

Student

Kenneth Howell

Student

Joseph Hale

Student

Phil Ormsby

Student

Morey Johnson

Student

Don Morrison

Student

Alexander Polasthy

History professor

Sam Ash

Cafe singer

Billy Gilbert

Pickle's father

Marcelle Corday

Saleslady

Frank Reicher

The Examiner

Stuart Holmes

Assistant professor

George Hackathorne

Assistant professor

Ferdinand Munier

Assistant professor

Perry Ivins

Assistant professor

Gertrude Pedlar

Headmistress

Eily Malyon

Teacher

Zita Moulton

Teacher

Conrad Seidermann

Astronomer

Irving Bacon

Messenger

James Ellison

Romantic couple

Jean Allen

Romantic couple

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Release Date
Jan 5, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Charles R. Rogers Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Copyright records note that Paramount purchased the rights to the 1932 German film 8 M├Ądels im Boot, based on Helmut Brandis' unpublished story of the same name. According to an unidentified contemporary source, Universal discarded the German film and only retained Brandis' story for the American production. The Variety review erroneously credits Arthur Rebner as co-author of the screenplay with Casey Robinson. Copyright records note that the company spent five weeks on location at Lake Arrowhead, CA.