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Dancing Co-Ed (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 29 September 1939 (USA)
Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a ... See full summary »

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'Pug' Braddock
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ...
Artie Shaw Orchestra (as Artie Shaw and His Band)
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Eve
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Freddy Tobin
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H.W. Workman
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Joe Drews
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Mary Field ...
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Walter Kingsford ...
President Cavendish
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'Ticky' James
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Professor Lange
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Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a countrywide competition among all college girls. However the contest is bogus: young dancer Patty Marlow is sent to a little college in the Midwest. Only Pug, a college reporter, suspects something. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Blonde Bonfire LANA TURNER and ARTIE SHAW, the Swing King, bring romance in youth-time!

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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29 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Abc da Folia  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Was originally planned as an Eleanor Powell movie, but studio executives decided to use it as a vehicle for Lana Turner. See more »

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Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed by marching band and Artie Shaw and His Orchestra in parade
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If only Lana Turner went to MY college!
27 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A musical is about ready to be filmed for a fictional studio. The only problem is that the lady from the dance team to star in the film is pregnant and they need to find a replacement. Roscoe Karnes has an idea to stage a phony search in colleges across the country for the actress' replacement--though in reality, he has already chosen Lana Turner for the role. So, he enrolls Lana at a college and pretends to have an honest to goodness competition. Unfortunately, complications arise and the film becomes a nice little romantic farce.

This is a rather old fashioned but fun old MGM musical that oddly stars Lana Turner. While I was surprised how well she could dance, you just normally don't think of her and dancing. Apparently it was originally to have been an Eleanor Powell film and it sure feels like one. Either could have done a fine job in this film, though seeing Turner in her more natural look of 1939 was very refreshing--with much less make-up and more natural looking hair. She was quite beautiful and more natural looking--making me wish that more co-eds had looked like this when I was in college. Uh, oh,...if my wife reads this, I am toast! By the way, while not a great film, it's a very good film and one even curmudgeons can enjoy.


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