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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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Music by Benny Goodman, Chick Webb and Edgar M. Sampson
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MGM musical short directed by George Sidney has its moments...
27 April 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

LOVE ON TAP is basically a short MGM musical designed to showcase the Merriel Abbott dancers, with MARY HOWARD and TRUMAN BRADLEY as a pair of would-be honeymooners whose marriage plans are interrupted by the needy girls (an annoying plot device) and the lady's willingness to put their plans on hold once too often.

It's a brisk, harmless piece of fluff which makes the girls' dancing routines look like "The Rockettes" in rehearsal, with perhaps more acrobatics than usual for high-kicking dancers working out with a swing band, courtesy of GARWOOD VAN and his orchestra.

The whining girls always have a petty problem that needs instant solving but, of course, it's pretty clear that all will end well before their final tap dancing routine.

Summing up: A trifle easily forgotten after one viewing. Mary Howard looks like an even prettier version of Norma Shearer--and whatever happened to Truman Bradley? He had leading man possibilities.

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