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Dance with Me, Henry (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 22 December 1956 (USA)
Two goofballs try to run a beaten-down old amusement park.


Charles Barton


Devery Freeman (screenplay), William Kozlenko (original story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Bud Abbott ... Bud Flick
Lou Costello ... Lou Henry
Gigi Perreau ... Shelley
Rusty Hamer Rusty Hamer ... Duffer
Mary Wickes ... Miss Mayberry
Ted de Corsia ... Big Frank
Ron Hargrave Ron Hargrave ... Ernie
Frank Wilcox ... Father Mullahy
Sherry Alberoni ... Bootsie
Eddie Marr ... Garvey
Richard Reeves ... Mushie
Robert Shayne ... Proctor
Walter Reed ... Drake
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Dutch


Bud and Lou are the owners of the amusement park Kiddieland. Bud, a compulsive gambler, gets in trouble with the mob, and Lou finds himself struggling to keep his adopted children. When Bud is forced to make a shady deal, Lou tries to arrange a deal with the DA, but winds up framed for murder. Written by Ike

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After this movie, the Internal Revenue Service charged Bud Abbott and Lou Costello for back taxes, forcing them to sell their homes and a lot of their assets, including the rights to their films. The two mutually agreed to officially end their partnership in July of 1957. See more »


Bud Flick: You're my friend? Remind me never to talk to you again!
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Referenced in The Munsters: Dance with Me, Herman (1965) See more »


Libiamo ne' lieti calici
(aka Drinking Song)
from the opera "La Traviata"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung by Gigi Perreau (dubbed by Marni Nixon)
Later sung briefly in jest by Lou Costello
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Weak Exit for the Legends
31 December 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dance with Me, Henry! (1956)

** (out of 4)

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's final picture together isn't quite as bad as its reputation but there's no question that both stars didn't appear to have their heart in it. Bud finds himself in trouble due to a gambling debt while Lou is trying to keep two orphans who he has been taking care of. Soon both sides are coming together as the boys must try and figure out a way to save themselves and the children. DANCE WITH ME, HENRY! has all sorts of problems including the boys wanting to try and do something a tad bit more serious. The problem with that here is that the serious side really isn't all that serious but instead it's more sugar-coated sentimental stuff that just comes off as fake and very forced. These scenes aren't really that funny when they try to be and they're not very dramatic when they try to be so they just really come across as flat. Another problem is that the comedy stuff really isn't up the high levels one would expect from the duo. I think Costello comes off the best as he at least gets a couple good one-liners and manages to come across decent but there's no denying that he has very little chemistry with Abbott. It really does seem like both of them weren't wanting to do this movie as their screen time together is mostly flat and just reminds you that much better times are to be found in earlier films. None of the supporting cast really jumps off the screen so this here doesn't help. If you're familiar with what was going on in both of their lives I think it's safe to say that making a movie wasn't a very high priority. Even though the relationship ends on a rather sour note, the two gave us so many great movies so this one here can be forgiven.

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Release Date:

22 December 1956 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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