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Dancing Co-Ed (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, 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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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 | Music | Romance

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29 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Abc da Folia  »

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$425,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Other members of Artie Shaw's orchestra who appear in this film, without individual screen credit, include Hank Freeman (alto saxophonist), Georgie Auld (tenor saxophonist), Bernie Privin (trumpet), Chuck Peterson (trumpet), Harry Rodgers (trombonist), Les Jenkins (trombonist), George Arus (trombonist), Bob Kitsis (piano) and Buddy Rich (drums). See more »

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'Pug' Braddock: [after unsuccessfully trying to kiss Patty while parked at the "smoochin' spot"] Emotional little bundle, aren't ya?
Patty Marlow: No, I'm the intellectual type.
'Pug' Braddock: Hmm...
Patty Marlow: But you're gonna be very grateful to me before this night's over.
'Pug' Braddock: Yeah, I...
[looks surprised]
'Pug' Braddock: Well, that's more like it!
[tries to kiss Patty again]
Patty Marlow: [blocks Pug with her elbow to his neck] Oh, I'm sorry.
'Pug' Braddock: Where'd ya learn that bit of jiu-jitsu?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (as Artie Shaw and His Band) are third-billed, but in the end credits cast list it is Artie Shaw listed individually who is third-billed. See more »

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Referenced in Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985) See more »

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First Call
aka "Call to the Post" (uncredited)
Written by Anonymous
Performed by marching band and Artie Shaw and His Orchestra at train station
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Longtime No See
2 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie several times, in another life (before WWII), with another title (Invitation To Dance)and in another world (Eastern Europe). Artie Shaw was already a star, but didn't fill the expectations, perhaps too bright to stay in rank with other jazzmen.I never found an opportunity to see it again, is not even available at Amazon. I caught it last week on a TCM program, although the advertised cast mentioned only the names of Lana Turner and...Thurston Hall! In my humble opinion, this movie may illustrate a duel between the two great clarinet wizards, Benny Goodman The King Of Swing and Artie Shaw the King of Clarinet.The Midwestern jazz and majorette parade imitates but hardly matches the motorcade introducing Hollywood HOTEL (S. Sylvan Simon ain't Busby Berkeley!) but the dance contest sequence is excellent, with a special mention for TRAFFIC JAM, both for the music and for the staging. That air is bathing in Count Basian atmosphere, like the LADY BE GOOD rendition of the same line-up - with Buddy Rich for added entertainment.And in his second (and last) full-length movie,SECOND CHORUS, Artie Shaw lined up his Concerto For Clarinet, a masterpiece largely shown, not for just two minutes, like SING, SING, SING, in HH. The plot was entertaining, with many good quips and dialog. Good mentions for Roscoe Kearns and Ann Rutherford.And Lana Turner is, at least this time, fresh and unsophisticated. A must for all the Artie Shaw and Swing Era fans, although the jazz sequences - except TRAFFIC JAM - are unreasonably shortened. Harry Carasso, Paris, France


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