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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.


Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal St. Clair)


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





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


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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Although it was trimmed down from 75 minutes to 63, this film was Fox's third biggest grosser of the year and #20 on the list of the 50 top moneymakers of 1943. See more »


When Stan and Ollie are escaping from the bedroom, the rug is already halfway out of the window in the outside shot. When we see Ollie finally fall from inside the room, the whole rug is still inside. See more »


Stan Laurel: I don't mind starvin' again.
Oliver Hardy: It's all right with me.
Stan Laurel: You know you can't keep an egg in two baskets. That's silly... unless you want to scramble them. I wouldn't be that stupid, you know. I knew a fella once that he had some money in the bank, and he wouldn't draw it out. And, you know what? He lost his job, and still he wouldn't draw it out. Then he starved to death - that killed him. And then he died, and after he was dead. A friend of his got all his money, and he drewed it out of the bank. and...
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References County Hospital (1932) See more »


Loin de bal (Echoes of the Ball)
(1888) (uncredited)
Written by Ernest Gillet
Played at the dancing school
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along with THE BULLFIGHTERS, their best since Roach
1 November 2014 | by beauzeeSee all my reviews

crazy storyline, disjointed scenes..but that never stopped them before.

they run a Dance Studio and the opening scenes are good: Hardy kicking up his heels in a beautifully lit sequence, Stan defying gravity doing his trademark "Pelican dance". their best scene in years involves Robert Mitchum and hood buddy sellin' 'em insurance or ELSE! too bad, and how depressing, though, to watch opportunity after opportunity go by..and here they are even given a cast! Margaret Dumont! Charles Rogers! Daphne Pollard! (the lady who played Hardy's wife in THICKER THAN WATER)...even the guy who later did the voice for Mr. Ed! newcomer/model Trudy Marshall is a-OK, too. why not have Dumont the owner of the studio, constantly confused and exasperated by the decidedly unmethodical Stan and Ollie? all L & H fans should watch this once in a while, despite the flaws.

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19 November 1943 (USA) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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