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Dancing Co-Ed(1939)

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  • LANA TURNER: THAT IS ALL.

    • JD
    • 8/28/15

    Lana Turner is in this film. That alone makes it worth a watch. Actually, it's an above decent and entertaining little MGM movie, released in 1939 when Miss Turner was still fairly new to the movie business and working her way up to stardom. That would come soon enough, but before that comes this interesting film. Lana plays a young woman, who enters college under the pretense of being a student, but is actually planted there by a Hollywood movie studio. Why? The studio is making a dance /musical, the previous female star couldn't make it, so they need a replacement. That's where Lana comes in. A little film publicity never hurts, and not wanting to lose money, the studio decides to have a dancing contest to find a new leading lady for the movie. What the public, or other contestants, fail to know is that Lana has already been selected to win. Or at least that's the plan. Anyways, this sounds like a routine MGM B-movie plot, and in some ways it is, but besides being an early Lana Turner movie it has a few additional things going for it. First, the cast is good. Ann Rutherford, the Lana character's friend, does well in her support role. Richard Carlson is Lana's love interest, he's a cool guy and does well also. The acrobatic dancing of June Preisser stands out, she cuts a great backflip. Last but not least, there's Artie Shaw, famous for his great music and many wives. Both are present in this film, Lana and Artie would walk the aisle soon after this film came out, but here is Shaw at his musical peak. This is a great chance on film to see one of the top guys at his best. Don't forget a young Buddy Rich, he's the drummer here. Lana Turner was the be-all-end-all of old school Hollywood glamour, on her way up at this point. Mix that with some cool music from one of the top bandleaders of all time, and a solid support cast, and this somewhat obscure little MGM film is an entertaining look.

  • Veronica Lake

    • jack
    • 12/26/14

    I have seen this film several times and have yet to see any "girl on a motorcycle", let alone Constance Keane (Veronica Lake). I guess her scene was never included on the DVD.

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    • John McDonough
    • 11/27/06

    This otherwise pleasant trivia is made important because it's the only film (aside from two shorts made about the same time)that catches the Artie Shaw orchestra at it's peak -- doing "Non Stop Flight" and a complete version of "Traffic Jam." Young Buddy Rich is featured (though not billed) as a member of Shaw's band, as is Georgie Auld and Tony Pastor. It deserves a run one of these days.

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