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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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Stompin' at the Savoy
Music by Benny Goodman, Chick Webb and Edgar M. Sampson
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Bland Overall; Does Have A Couple of Good Moments
8 August 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Overall, this short musical feature is pretty bland, but it does have a couple of good moments. The plot is based on a familiar idea, and the characters are one-dimensional, so it relies a lot on the dancing sequences and on an upbeat tone.

The story focuses on an engaged couple (Mary Howard and Truman Bradley) whose wedding plans have already been postponed a number of times. It gives the idea a slightly interesting variation (from, for example, the way that it was used in numerous Bulldog Drummond features) by having the prospective bride be the one whose responsibilities keep getting in the way. But after this setup is established, the rest of the plot is mostly predictable. The couple themselves are likable, but not particularly interesting.

A good part of the screen time is given to some performances by the Merriel Abbott Dancers, and their routines have some good moments. There is also some variety in the musical numbers, with a formal stage number and a more informal outdoor routine. They help to give a little life to an innocuous, but plain, movie.

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