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Love on Tap (1939)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Short  |  18 March 1939 (USA)
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For some time, Tommy has been trying to marry Penny, manager of the Merriel Abbott Dancers (a real dance group that performs in the film). However, problems with the group keep arising that... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Merriel Abbott Dancers ...
Mary Howard ...
Truman Bradley ...
Garwood Van and His Orchestra ...
Themselves (as Carwood Van and His Orchestra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Garwood Van ...
Himself - Orchestra Leader (as Carwood Van)


For some time, Tommy has been trying to marry Penny, manager of the Merriel Abbott Dancers (a real dance group that performs in the film). However, problems with the group keep arising that postpone the marriage (lost costumes, injuries, etc.). They continue their on-again off-again romance between dance numbers played by Carwood Van and his orchestra. Written by David Glagovsky <>

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18 March 1939 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Tommy: Penny, our plane leaves in three minutes!
Penny: But the girls can't go on without costumes!
Tommy: Why not? Fan dancers do.
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Good Night Sweetheart
(1931) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Played by Garwood Van and His Orchestra and danced by Merriel Abbott Dancers
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Minor But Entertaining
1 August 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Love on Tap (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

MGM short about a man and woman (Truman Bradley, Mary Howard) who are trying to get away so that they can be married but each time they try to leave something comes up at her tap dancing school. That's pretty much the entire story here, which is admittedly pretty weak but there are a few dance sequences here that make this 9-minute film worth sitting through. The Merriel Abbott dancers are the main reason to check this thing out as they do some pretty impressive dance sequences including one where they pretty much hold each other upside down and do cartwheels. The story itself really isn't anything overly special and I think it actually works against the film because the female lead is so unlikeable that you're really hoping the guy will wise up and leave her for good. With that said, if you're a fan of the genre then there's enough here to make it worth viewing at least once.

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