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Dance with Me, Henry(1956)

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The opening title card reads: "Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Dance with Me, Henry. However, their names are listed in reverse order in the end cast credits. According to a September 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item, the carnival scenes were shot at the Willow Grove Amusement Park near Philadelphia, PA, where Bud Abbott and Lou Costello reportedly had one of their first performances as a comedy team.
       As noted in the Variety review, Dance with Me, Henry marked Abbott and Costello's first motion picture following their departure from Universal-International in 1955. Their final film with Universal was Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (see entry above). In addition, Dance With Me, Henry marked Abbott and Costello's last film as a comedy team, and Abbott's last film. Although they began performing together offscreen in 1931, their first motion picture was the 1940 Universal Pictures film One Night in the Tropics (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40), which also featured their famous radio comedy routine, "Who's on First?"
       Abbott and Costello performed in thirty-four feature films. For additional information on their careers, consult the entry for the 1941 Universal film Buck Privates in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50. A 1984 news item in Daily Variety reported that their heirs were suing MGM/UA Entertainment Company for the rights to Dance with Me, Henry, which reportedly were being withheld by the film company, which claimed that the actors owed them money. The final outcome of the lawsuit has not been ascertained.