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The Dancing Masters (1943)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  19 November 1943 (USA)
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Two bumbling dance teachers help an awkward inventor sell his new invention and facilitate his romance with a beautiful socialite.

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The boys operate a ballet school (appearing in drag) and try to help a young inventor sell his idea, to get in the good graces of his girl's father. In their efforts, they get involved with a gang of insurance racketeers. All ends well. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Although it was trimmed down from 75 minutes to 63, this film was Fox's third biggest grosser of the year and #20 on the list of the 50 top moneymakers of 1943. See more »

Goofs

When the bricks begin to rhythmically hit Hardy on the head, the sound effect can be heard prior to the bricks making contact. See more »

Quotes

Woman at dancing school: [referring to Stan's ballet dancing] Isn't he light?
Mother at Dancing School: [with disdain] In the head!
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London Bridge is Falling Down
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Traditional nursery song
Played at the dancing school and sung by Oliver Hardy and students
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The Dancing Masters (1943) ***
5 February 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I just can't see for the life of me why these enjoyable latter Fox movies have gotten such a bad rap all these years, as they actually hold up well now and I think they've suddenly become appreciated in a new light with the advent of new superior-looking DVD releases. THE DANCING MASTERS has a bunch of things going on all over the place and the plot is not very focused. Laurel and Hardy are only dance instructors for the first 5 minutes, and then that's that as they get involved with a young man, his girl, and an invisible ray invention. Meandering plot lines don't matter in the least because we're here to laugh at Stan and Ollie, and everything they do in this one is pretty funny. They're on screen a lot and this is a joy. Look out for a young Robert Mitchum (who's uncredited early on in a scene). *** out of ****


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