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Dancing Co-Ed (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 29 September 1939 (USA)
Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a ... See full summary »

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Albert Mannheimer (screen play), Albert Treynor (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Patty Marlow
Richard Carlson ... 'Pug' Braddock
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ... Artie Shaw Orchestra (as Artie Shaw and His Band)
Artie Shaw ... Artie Shaw
Ann Rutherford ... Eve
Lee Bowman ... Freddy Tobin
Thurston Hall ... H.W. Workman
Leon Errol ... 'Pops' Marlow
Roscoe Karns ... Joe Drews
Mary Field ... Miss May
Walter Kingsford ... President Cavendish
Mary Beth Hughes ... 'Toddy'
June Preisser ... 'Ticky' James
Monty Woolley ... Professor Lange
Chester Clute ... Braddock
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Storyline

Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a countrywide competition among all college girls. However the contest is bogus: young dancer Patty Marlow is sent to a little college in the Midwest. Only Pug, a college reporter, suspects something. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Blonde Bonfire LANA TURNER and ARTIE SHAW, the Swing King, bring romance in youth-time!

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abc da Folia See more »

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Budget:

$425,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was only a modest success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $21,000 ($367,000 in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

'Pug' Braddock: [after unsuccessfully trying to kiss Patty while parked at the "smoochin' spot"] Emotional little bundle, aren't ya?
Patty Marlow: No, I'm the intellectual type.
'Pug' Braddock: Hmm...
Patty Marlow: But you're gonna be very grateful to me before this night's over.
'Pug' Braddock: Yeah, I...
[looks surprised]
'Pug' Braddock: Well, that's more like it!
[tries to kiss Patty again]
Patty Marlow: [blocks Pug with her elbow to his neck] Oh, I'm sorry.
'Pug' Braddock: Where'd ya learn that bit of jiu-jitsu?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (as Artie Shaw and His Band) are third-billed, but in the end credits cast list it is Artie Shaw listed individually who is third-billed. See more »

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Referenced in Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985) See more »

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Written by Artie Shaw and Fred Brathwaite
Performed by Artie Shaw and rhythm section (Al Avola, Buddy Rich, Sid Weiss, Bob Kitsis) at tryouts in gym
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Lana has some nice steps
12 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this B picture from MGM on the upward arc of her career, Lana Turner shows us a few nice steps in a film that Ruby Keeler should have done over at Warner Brothers. Dancing Co-ed casts Lana as a vaudeville hoofer who has an act with her father Leon Errol. Over at Warner Brothers Pat O'Brien would have played the part of the studio press agent who dreams up a co-ed dance contest with the fix in for Turner. The winner gets to co-star with Lee Bowman in his next musical picture. The press agent is played with frenetic intensity by Roscoe Karns.

Keeping an eye on Lana is Ann Rutherford and to complete the deception Rutherford handles the scholastic part of Lana being a college girl. The fly in the ointment is Richard Carlson of the campus newspaper who suspects something ill is afoot. But Turner is sure appealing in those short tight dresses.

It wasn't the best of casting all around, but Turner shows the charm and appeal that would make her box office for years. Her's and Rutherford's dancing was adequate enough for the story. But if not Ruby Keeler, MGM certainly had Eleanor Powell on the lot who hoofed it with the best of them.

One thing Turner did get out of Dancing Co-ed is a first husband in band leader Artie Shaw. Both Shaw and Turner had about 15 marriages between them in their lives. Who could tell at that point.

Dancing Co-ed is one for Lana Turner fans and those who will become on after seeing this film.


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