august, 2019

21aug7:00 pm8:30 pmStars From Scranton: Gloria Jean

Event Details

Scranton Public Library continues its Stars From Scranton film series with a screening of the 1939 musical comedy The Under-Pup, starring Scranton native Gloria Jean, on Wednesday, August 21th at 7 PM.  The screening will be held in the Henkelman Room, located on the second floor of Scranton Public Library.

Admission is free with your library card.

Although she was born in Buffalo, NY, Gloria Jean (1926-2018) and her family moved to Scranton, PA when she was just six months old; she has always considered Scranton her hometown.  She performed on local radio as a child and was known regionally for her pristine operatic singing voice.  Throughout her career in Hollywood, she was widely viewed as an equal to other juvenile stars of the time like Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin.

Gloria Jean made her film debut in 1939’s The Under-Pup, which had its premiere in Scranton at The Strand Theater on August 24, 1939 (our screening is three days short of the 80th anniversary of its Scranton premiere).

The Underpup tells the story of Pip-Emma, a young city girl from a poor family who wins an essay contest to spend the summer at a camp for girls from wealthy families. At first made fun of and ridiculed because of her background, she determines to show the snooty rich girls she’s just as good as they are.

On a sad note, Gloria Jean passed away last September at the age of 92.

Refreshments will be generously provided by The Friends of Scranton Public Library.

For more information or to register, please contact Bill at 570-348-3000, x3016 or visit us online at



(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Henkelman Room at the Albright Memorial Library

500 Vine Street