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Dancing Co-Ed (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 29 September 1939 (USA)
Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a ... See full summary »

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Albert Mannheimer (screen play), Albert Treynor (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Patty Marlow
Richard Carlson ... 'Pug' Braddock
Artie Shaw and His Orchestra ... Artie Shaw Orchestra (as Artie Shaw and His Band)
Artie Shaw ... Artie Shaw
Ann Rutherford ... Eve
Lee Bowman ... Freddy Tobin
Thurston Hall ... H.W. Workman
Leon Errol ... 'Pops' Marlow
Roscoe Karns ... Joe Drews
Mary Field ... Miss May
Walter Kingsford ... President Cavendish
Mary Beth Hughes ... 'Toddy'
June Preisser ... 'Ticky' James
Monty Woolley ... Professor Lange
Chester Clute ... Braddock
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Storyline

Right before the dancing Tobins ought to film a new production, his wife tells Freddy Tobin that she's pregnant. So the producer desperately has to seek a replacement and starts a countrywide competition among all college girls. However the contest is bogus: young dancer Patty Marlow is sent to a little college in the Midwest. Only Pug, a college reporter, suspects something. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Blonde Bonfire LANA TURNER and ARTIE SHAW, the Swing King, bring romance in youth-time!

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abc da Folia See more »

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Budget:

$425,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally planned as an Eleanor Powell movie, but studio executives decided to use it as a vehicle for Lana Turner. See more »

Quotes

'Pug' Braddock: [after unsuccessfully trying to kiss Patty while parked at the "smoochin' spot"] Emotional little bundle, aren't ya?
Patty Marlow: No, I'm the intellectual type.
'Pug' Braddock: Hmm...
Patty Marlow: But you're gonna be very grateful to me before this night's over.
'Pug' Braddock: Yeah, I...
[looks surprised]
'Pug' Braddock: Well, that's more like it!
[tries to kiss Patty again]
Patty Marlow: [blocks Pug with her elbow to his neck] Oh, I'm sorry.
'Pug' Braddock: Where'd ya learn that bit of jiu-jitsu?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (as Artie Shaw and His Band) are third-billed, but in the end credits cast list it is Artie Shaw listed individually who is third-billed. See more »

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Referenced in Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.9 in D min, op.125
(1824) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven on radio in student's lounge
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Lana at her prettiest in an early shot at stardom...
9 March 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Part of the fun in watching DANCING CO-ED is seeing just what a fine line-up of supporting players were available at the time of the studio contract system.

For example, here LANA TURNER is given RICHARD CARLSON, ARTIE SHAW, MONTY WOOLLEY, LEON ERROL, ROSCOE KARNS, ANN RUTHERFORD and LEE BOWMAN--all passing the time in a so-so programmer that is livened up by Lana's cheerful presence (and some nice hoofing) while Artie Shaw and His Orchestra provide some musical highlights in 1940s style.

The story is formula stuff about the misunderstandings between a showgirl planted at a college so she can win a dance contest taking place there. Despite some amusing situations along the way, nothing can keep an audience from knowing that a happy ending is around the bend.

It gives Lana Turner a chance to display her ample charms in some brief and very sexy dancing outfits while at the same time enjoying herself in a refreshing comedy role peppered with some romance. Richard Carlson does nicely as her college boyfriend and Artie Shaw keeps things humming along with some nice big band music.

It's strictly by the numbers but Turner's fans will all agree she's quite a knockout here. Turner at the height of her pulchritude was something the camera loved.


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