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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.

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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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19 November 1943 (USA)  »

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A Matter of Money  »

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Trivia

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 »

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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

Stan Laurel: I don't mind starvin' again.
Oliver Hardy: It's all right with me.
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Lesser L&H
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dancing Masters, The (1943)

** (out of 4)

Later day Laurel and Hardy has the boys working as dance instructors but they decide to help a friend try to sell a new invisible ray gun. This film wasn't as bad as I had heard but it's still one of the lesser films that the boys made. There are plenty of laughs throughout the film but for the most part the jokes fall flat on their face. We get several sequences, which we've seen in earlier L&H films and these include the entire ending when Laurel is trying to get injured so that they can collect some insurance money. The highlight of the film has to be seeing a young Robert Mitchum trying to sell the boys some insurance. Again, the film isn't that bad and it's mildly entertaining for 63-minutes but we've seen these jokes in better shorts before.


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