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Dancing on the Ceiling (1937)

Approved | | Musical, Short | 2 January 1937 (USA)
A young man follows a pretty girl into her office, which turns out to be a musical dentist office. Cute chorus girls attend to the many male customers, and the girl the young man was ... See full summary »

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A young man follows a pretty girl into her office, which turns out to be a musical dentist office. Cute chorus girls attend to the many male customers, and the girl the young man was following is revealed to be the dentist. She gives the young man anesthetic gas and he dreams the dentist and her troupe of nurses are dancing on the ceiling. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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An enjoyable musical short
16 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This MGM short is called a tabloid musical. Many of the big stars in the early decades of Hollywood got their start in movie shorts. Technically, a short is any film under 40 minutes; but shorts ran the gamut from a few minutes to the limit. I've seen many on older films that ran six to 10 minutes, but few that ran much over 20 minutes.

"Dancing on the Ceiling" is just nine minutes, but it is an entertaining nine minutes. The IMDb cast lists has only four people, three of them uncredited. But it has a large ensemble, especially of women in the dance numbers. I wonder if there were any dancers or singers in this short who went on to make a name for themselves on the silver screen. Or, possibly one of the several men in the dental chairs.

Dr. Suzette Welling (Mary J. Mathews) is a dentist who has a large male clientele. They just may be attracted to her practice by the bevy of beauties she has as dental assistants.

This isn't top caliber song and dance, but it's quite good and entertaining for a second tier of the wannabes in the wings at MGM. I enjoy catching these old featurettes on DVDs with major films, for which they were audience warm-ups in the days of original theater releases. This one happens to be quite good. It's a fairly elaborate production for a film under 10 minutes.


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