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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 »

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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 Sherry Alberoni ... Bootsie
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Garvey
Richard Reeves ... Mushie
Robert Shayne ... Proctor
Walter Reed ... Drake
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Dutch


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ALL NEW AND EXCITING FUN...!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

22 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abbott e Costello e os Gangsters See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?


Angela Cartwright, who would later play Rusty Hamer's sister in Make Room for Daddy (1953), appears for 10 seconds at the amusement park, as the little girl eating cotton candy about a quarter of the way through the film. See more »


Lou Henry: What are you mad about? Can I help it if it didn't take any brains to fix it?
Bud Flick: If it took any brains, would I need you?
Lou Henry: I don't know.
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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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A sad end to a great career
23 June 2002 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

This film has the reputation of being the team's worst, and it may well be (it's a toss-up between this one and "A&C Go to Mars"), but even if it isn't the worst movie they ever made, it's definitely the saddest. Both Bud and Lou were old and ill, and their timing, which was at one time absolutely awe-inspiring, is pretty much gone. They show their age, especially Costello, and don't seem to have the heart for the work anymore. It's not just the boys who are tired, though. The script is lame, limp, and absolutely brainless, and they must have realized it because they brought in Charles Barton, who was responsible for their best films, to direct it, hoping that he could make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. He couldn't. A previous poster has said that it's painful to watch this film, and he's absolutely right--it breaks your heart to see how far the two had deteriorated, both physically and professionally. The producers must have known what a dog this movie was because, in a desperate and pathetic attempt to attract younger viewers--always Abbott & Costello's core audience--they changed the title to "Dance With Me, Henry", which was the name of a popular song at the time and had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with anything that happens in the film itself.

All in all, a sad, depressing end to the career of one of the best comedy teams in film history.

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