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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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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Other members of Artie Shaw's orchestra who appear in this film, without individual screen credit, include Hank Freeman (alto saxophonist), Georgie Auld (tenor saxophonist), Bernie Privin (trumpet), Chuck Peterson (trumpet), Harry Rodgers (trombonist), Les Jenkins (trombonist), George Arus (trombonist), Bob Kitsis (piano) and Buddy Rich (drums). 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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Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

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I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown on car radio
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A very young Lana Turner
6 July 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Lana Turner is a "Dancing Co-Ed" in this 1939 film also starring Ann Rutherford, Richard Carlson, Arte Shaw and his Orchestra and Monte Woolley. When one-half of the famous movie dancers, the Tobius', announces she's pregnant, the studio is talked into launching a Scarlett O'Hara type search in colleges to find a partner for the couple's next film. In order to make sure they cast the right person, a young actress at the studio, Patty Marlow (Turner) is sent to college with her friend from the studio, Eve Greeley (Ann Rutherford). However, the head of the college newspaper, Pug (Richard Carlson), thinks the contest is rigged. Patty quickly becomes Pug's assistant in uncovering a fix (becomes Holmes never suspected Watson of a crime). A complication arises when the two fall in love.

It's hard to understand how people can consider Lana Turner a terrible and wooden actress, though it's possible these critics haven't seen her early films. Talk about a camera loving an actress, and talk about an actress with "star" written all over her beautiful face, Lana was it. Beautiful, fresh, energetic, with a warmth and a sweetness about her, Lana walked away with these early films, including "Slightly Dangerous," "These Glamor Girls" and many others. She did lose some of these qualities as the years went on, sadly, but here, she's wonderful. Ann Rutherford is excellent too, with an expressive, pretty face and a charm all her own. What could have been a routine film is really lifted by these actresses and the supporting cast. Highly recommended as a light '30s film that will leave you with a smile on your face.


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