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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abc da Folia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$425,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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

Based on the short story "The Dancing Co-Ed" by Albert Treynor that appeared in the September, 1938 edition of The American Magazine. 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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Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

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Traffic Jam
(1939) (uncredited)
Written by Artie Shaw and Teddy McRae
Performed by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra before contest finals
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If only Lana Turner went to MY college!
27 September 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A musical is about ready to be filmed for a fictional studio. The only problem is that the lady from the dance team to star in the film is pregnant and they need to find a replacement. Roscoe Karnes has an idea to stage a phony search in colleges across the country for the actress' replacement--though in reality, he has already chosen Lana Turner for the role. So, he enrolls Lana at a college and pretends to have an honest to goodness competition. Unfortunately, complications arise and the film becomes a nice little romantic farce.

This is a rather old fashioned but fun old MGM musical that oddly stars Lana Turner. While I was surprised how well she could dance, you just normally don't think of her and dancing. Apparently it was originally to have been an Eleanor Powell film and it sure feels like one. Either could have done a fine job in this film, though seeing Turner in her more natural look of 1939 was very refreshing--with much less make-up and more natural looking hair. She was quite beautiful and more natural looking--making me wish that more co-eds had looked like this when I was in college. Uh, oh,...if my wife reads this, I am toast! By the way, while not a great film, it's a very good film and one even curmudgeons can enjoy.


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