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Dance with Me, Henry (1956)

Two goofballs try to run a beaten-down old amusement park.

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Bud Flick
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Lou Henry
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Shelley
Rusty Hamer ...
Duffer
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Miss Mayberry
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Big Frank
Ron Hargrave ...
Ernie
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Father Mullahy
Sherry Alberoni ...
Bootsie
Eddie Marr ...
Garvey
Richard Reeves ...
Mushie
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Proctor
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Drake
Paul Sorensen ...
Dutch
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Bud and Lou are the owners of the amusement park Kiddieland. Bud, a compulsive gambler, gets in trouble with the mob, and Lou finds himself struggling to keep his adopted children. When Bud is forced to make a shady deal, Lou tries to arrange a deal with the DA, but winds up framed for murder. Written by Ike

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Lou gets the beat in the coolest session that ever rocked the screen! (posters). See more »

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22 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Abbott e Costello e os Gangsters  »

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In the end credits, for the first and only time, Lou Costello is billed above Bud Abbott. See more »

Quotes

Shelley: Popsie, you're my inspiration!
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Referenced in The Munsters: Dance with Me, Herman (1965) See more »

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Dance With Me, Henry
Music and Lyrics by Hank Ballard, Etta James and Johnny Otis
Parts of the song played during the opening credits and throughout the film
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A sad end to a great career
23 June 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This film has the reputation of being the team's worst, and it may well be (it's a toss-up between this one and "A&C Go to Mars"), but even if it isn't the worst movie they ever made, it's definitely the saddest. Both Bud and Lou were old and ill, and their timing, which was at one time absolutely awe-inspiring, is pretty much gone. They show their age, especially Costello, and don't seem to have the heart for the work anymore. It's not just the boys who are tired, though. The script is lame, limp, and absolutely brainless, and they must have realized it because they brought in Charles Barton, who was responsible for their best films, to direct it, hoping that he could make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. He couldn't. A previous poster has said that it's painful to watch this film, and he's absolutely right--it breaks your heart to see how far the two had deteriorated, both physically and professionally. The producers must have known what a dog this movie was because, in a desperate and pathetic attempt to attract younger viewers--always Abbott & Costello's core audience--they changed the title to "Dance With Me, Henry", which was the name of a popular song at the time and had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with anything that happens in the film itself.

All in all, a sad, depressing end to the career of one of the best comedy teams in film history.


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