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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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'Pops' Marlow
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Joe Drews
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Artie Shaw
Mary Field ...
Miss May
Walter Kingsford ...
President Cavendish
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'Toddy'
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'Ticky' James
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Professor Lange
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Braddock
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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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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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Eddie Conrad (Professor) and Evelyn Woodbury (Nurse) are two actors in studio records for their roles, but they were not seen in the movie. See more »

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

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I'm Coming Virginia
(1927) (uncredited)
Written by Donald Heywood
Performed by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra for 'Toots' Barton in contest finals
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Longtime No See

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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