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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.

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

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22 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Abbott e Costello e os Gangsters  »

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The movie's title is taken from the hit song "Dance With Me, Henry" (also known as "The Wallflower") by Johnny Otis, Etta Jsmes and Hank Ballard, recorded by Etta James in 1955 and Georgia Gibbs in 1956, but the song is never performed in the film. Bits of its melody are quoted in Paul Dunlap's score for the final scene, though. See more »

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Shelley: Popsie, you're my inspiration!
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Referenced in The Munsters: Dance with Me, Herman (1965) See more »

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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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Sad end to a legendary comedy duo's career
4 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

The last Abbott & Costello film. I feel like this would be bittersweet knowing that, no matter the quality. That it's not a good movie just makes it more depressing. The plot has Lou trying to adopt a couple of kids and Bud as a gambler in trouble with racketeers. None of this is fun. Of the two, Lou comes out best at trying to recapture the past magic. He doesn't totally succeed but there are moments at least. Bud seems tired, even zoned out in some scenes, and his voice is raspy which just gave me a case of the sads. This would be the last movie Bud made. Lou would do one solo movie before dying three years after this was released. The adoption part of the plot makes this whole film seem like a TV pilot instead of a regular A&C comedy. Also, there's quite a bit of corny 1950s teenager stuff, mocking the lingo and the music and so on. It's low-hanging fruit and even then the film can't get any laughs. That's this movie's main sin - it's just not funny. I didn't laugh once. Smiled a couple times but no laughs. Besides the failed comedy, there's quite a bit of serious stuff that's really more saccharine than dramatically challenging for anyone involved. All in all, it's not the worst movie I've ever seen but certainly the worst Abbott & Costello movie I've seen.


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