WriterGrover Jones, I. A. R. Wylie Release dateSeptember 1, 1939 (1939-09-01) CastGloria Jean (Pip-Emma Binns), Robert Cummings (Dennis Lane), Nan Grey (Priscilla Adams), C. Aubrey Smith (Grandpa), Beulah Bondi (Miss Delphine Thornton), Virginia Weidler (Janet Cooper) Similar moviesGloria Jean appears in The Under-Pup and A Little Bit of Heaven
The Under-Pup is a 1939 American feature film by Richard Wallace that introduced soprano singing star Gloria Jean to the screen.
The story, adapted by Grover Jones from a magazine story by Australian author I. A. R. Wylie, casts Gloria as a streetwise girl who is sent to a summer camp for wealthy girls. She is at first bullied by the other girls, but she stands up for herself and wins everyone over, including the girl who had bullied her the most, to earn a place in their group, "The Purple Order of Penguins".
Gloria Jean - Pip-Emma Binns
Robert Cummings - Dennis Lane
Nan Grey - Priscilla Adams
C. Aubrey Smith - Grandpa
Beulah Bondi - Miss Thornton
Virginia Weidler - Janet Cooper
Margaret Lindsay - Mrs. Cooper
Raymond Walburn - Mr. Layton
Ann Gillis - Letty Lou
Paul Cavanagh - Mr. Franklin Cooper
Billy Gilbert - Tolio
Shirley Mills - Cecilia Layton
Doris Lloyd - Mrs. Binns
Dickie Moore - Jerry Binns
Ernest Truex - Mr. Binns
The film was well received, and was followed by an unofficial sequel, A Little Bit of Heaven (1940). Many of the cast members from The Under-Pup appear in the second film, but with different character names.
The film script was adapted for radio and was presented on Lux Radio Theater on April 15, 1940, with Gloria Jean and Nan Grey reprising their film roles.