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The Dancing Masters (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 November 1943 (USA)
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Two bumbling dance teachers help an awkward inventor sell his new invention and facilitate his romance with a beautiful socialite.

Director:

Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal St. Clair)

Writers:

Scott Darling (screen play) (as W. Scott Darling), George Bricker (suggested by a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Trudy Marshall ... Trudy Harlan
Robert Bailey ... Grant Lawrence
Matt Briggs ... Wentworth Harlan
Margaret Dumont ... Louise Harlan
Allan Lane ... George Worthing
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Storyline

The boys operate a ballet school (appearing in drag) and try to help a young inventor sell his idea, to get in the good graces of his girl's father. In their efforts, they get involved with a gang of insurance racketeers. All ends well. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Money See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Prop newspaper with headline announcing demonstration of Professor Gorp's new invention used again in 1948 Twentieth Century-Fox Picture "The Street With No Name". See more »

Goofs

During Laurel's dusting scene, an off-camera female voice (probably Trudy Marshall's) can be heard laughing. See more »

Quotes

Woman at dancing school: [referring to Stan's ballet dancing] Isn't he light?
Mother at Dancing School: [with disdain] In the head!
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Connections

Featured in Living Famously: Laurel & Hardy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

London Bridge is Falling Down
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Traditional nursery song
Played at the dancing school and sung by Oliver Hardy and students
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Very little dancing,or humour
11 January 2003 | by BJJ-2See all my reviews

Another unfortunate chapter in Laurel & Hardy's post-Hal Roach efforts,this is a desultory,poorly-constructed comedy which tries to compensate by reworking much material from the boys' Roach days.Such films as COUNTY HOSPITAL(1932),THICKER THAN WATER(1935) and THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY(1927) have revamped sequences in this film.THE DANCING MASTERS plot however,makes little sense and the scenes from the above earlier,better films seem to have been lazily added as an afterthought,almost as though screenwriter Scott Darling realises he has no funny ideas.This is probably correct,but sadly the reworkings don't work as they are pointless.Darling's own material is woefully hackneyed.The scenes where Ollie tries to cause an accident on Stan are at least of some interest,as these scenes reworked from THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY are lost.The supporting cast has some interesting names;Robert Mitchum in one of his earliest film roles;A former Roach Mrs.Hardy,Daphne Pollard,has a bit part;former Keystone Kop and Charlie Chaplin foil Hank Mann,in his only Laurel & Hardy film;and Margaret Dumont,The Marx Brothers perrenial leading lady.But they,like Stan & Ollie,can only do so much out of a banal screenplay.The best moments come from Stan's 'rhetorical strangle' and a locked safe;beyond that,there's little else.


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