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The Dancing Masters (1943)

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Two bumbling dance teachers help an awkward inventor sell his new invention and facilitate his romance with a beautiful socialite.


(as Mal St. Clair)


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Complete credited cast:
Trudy Marshall ...
Trudy Harlan
Robert Bailey ...
Grant Lawrence
Matt Briggs ...
Wentworth Harlan
Margaret Dumont ...
Louise Harlan
Allan Lane ...
George Worthing


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 <>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Money  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The revolving bar set at Matt Briggs' house was left over from the W.C. Fields temperance scene from 1942's Tales of Manhattan (1942). As the sequence was eventually cut, Fox was able to utilize the standing set for this film. See more »


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 »


Stan Laurel: The harder they fall, the bigger I am!
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References County Hospital (1932) See more »


London Bridge is Falling Down
Traditional nursery song
Played at the dancing school and sung by Oliver Hardy and students
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Splendid, harmless fun with Laurel & Hardy
26 May 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

Being one of masterful Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy's last noteworthy achievements "The Dancing masters" is rather agreeable and successful comedy. Of course it's from start to finish a highly traditional slip on a banana skin/bricks falling on Ollie's head -type of a slapstick humor but these blokes really knew how to make the audience laugh with a very modest and simple measures. Greatest quality of "The Dancing masters" is the most pleasant fact that even though the title drops a hint that this film might just have lots of dancing numbers and musical content, there is none. The easiest way to spoil an otherwise brilliant Laurel & Hardy comedy is to blend some annoying, ridiculous and downright irrelevant songs into the story. This time they didn't luckily make that mistake and at least I can leave the fast forward button alone. This rather a short (only about one hour long), slightly unfamiliar and forgotten Laurel & Hardy classic is definitely worth a look if you want to see Stan as a ballerina, young Robert Mitchum as a small-time gangster or if you're just their fan. Bus scene at the end of the film is great fun and like a said the bright side of "The Dancing masters" is that it has absolutely no singing whatsoever.

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