Dancing Co-Ed

Overview

Lana Turner a mere 19 years old at the time stars in this lighthearted musical comedy as Patty Marlow, a dancer fighting her way up the show business ladder. Famous hoofer Freddie Tobin Lee Bowman is about to start work on a new movie when his dance partner becomes pregnant and drops out of the project. Press agent Joe Drews Roscoe Karns dreams up a publicity stunt to find Freddie's new co-star: he'll stage a contest on college campuses to find a dancer among the student body. However, the contest is merely a ...
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Overview

Lana Turner a mere 19 years old at the time stars in this lighthearted musical comedy as Patty Marlow, a dancer fighting her way up the show business ladder. Famous hoofer Freddie Tobin Lee Bowman is about to start work on a new movie when his dance partner becomes pregnant and drops out of the project. Press agent Joe Drews Roscoe Karns dreams up a publicity stunt to find Freddie's new co-star: he'll stage a contest on college campuses to find a dancer among the student body. However, the contest is merely a ruse, and, when Joe and his cronies spot Patty, they realize she is the perfect girl for the job. Now, they have to pass Patty off as a studious co-ed for the sake of the "contest," which has begun to attract the suspicious attention of student journalist Pug Braddock Richard Carlson. Artie Shaw and his band perform several numbers Shaw and Turner would marry two years later, and keep an eye peeled for Veronica Lake in a bit part she was still known as Constance Keane at the time.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The very young Lana Turner is a sight to behold in Dancing Co-Ed, a sprightly if utterly routine little musical programmer. Turner's beauty is legendary, and at 19, she's got the kind of youthful vitality that the camera latches onto and lingers on lovingly. As a showcase for Turner's looks and talent, Co-Ed does just fine: she gets to show off her legs AND her way with a comedic line. There's nothing in the film that could remotely challenge her dramatically, but it does give her the opportunity to show that she knows how to carry a film, even one as silly as this. And silly it is. The plot is total nonsense, the kind of "high concept" film that can pretty much write itself. That's what happens here, so don't go expecting any surprises in the plot or any memorable dialogue. Instead, sit back and enjoy Turner and the talented (if mostly wasted supporting cast that surrounds her, from Artie Shaw and his fabulous band to Richard Carlson, Lee Bowman, Ann Rutherford and Monty Woolley. S. Sylvan Simon's direction is perfunctory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2010
  • UPC: 883316257500
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,040

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lana Turner Patty Marlow
Richard Carlson Pug Braddock
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky Artie Shaw (and his band)
Ann Rutherford Eve
Lee Bowman Freddie Tobin
Thurston Hall H.W. Workman
Leon Errol Pop Sam Marlow
Roscoe Karns Joe Drews
Mary Field Miss May
Walter Kingsford President Cavendish
Mary Beth Hughes Toddy
June Preisser Ticky James
Monty Woolley Prof. Lange
Chester Clute Braddock
Edward Arnold Jr. Student
Ben Baker Evans
Barbara Bedford Voice Only
John Day Assistant Stage Director
Edythe Elliott Housemother
Veronica Lake
Ethelreda Leopold Flapjack Waitress
Bert Moorhouse
Lee Phelps Stooge
Laura Treadwell Dean of Women
Minerva Urecal Voice Only
Wayne "Tiny" Whitt Fat Student
Dick Winslow Couple on Motorcycle
Hal LeSueur Steve
Robert Walker Bit Part
Technical Credits
S. Sylvan Simon Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Alfred Gilks Cinematographer
Donn W. Hayes Editor
George King Choreography
Albert Mannheimer Screenwriter
Harry McAfee Art Director
Edgar Selwyn Producer
David Snell Score Composer
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Ward Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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