The Dancing Masters

The Dancing Masters

Director: Malcolm St. Clair Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Trudy Marshall

DVD (Full Frame)

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This lesser Laurel and Hardy vehicle casts Stan and Ollie as the proprietors of the "Arthur Hurry" dance studio. Despite a rather sizeable student body (consisting mainly of 20th Century-Fox contract starlets), the boys would starve to death were it not for their only paying customer, socialite Trudy Harlan (Trudy Marshall). Trudy is in love with Grant Lawrence (Robert Bailey), an aspiring inventor who needs financial backing for his revolutionary new flame thrower. Laurel and Hardy undertake several moneymaking schemes to help Grant, most of these coming a-cropper. Finally, Ollie remembers an accident-insurance policy taken out on Stan. He tries to arrange an accident so that the boys can collect a huge fee, but this scheme culminates in a wild bus ride, resulting in Ollie breaking his own leg. The plot of Dancing Masters is a hodgepodge of underdeveloped situations and old gags lifted from such earlier Laurel & Hardy comedies as The Battle of the Century and Thicker Than Water; only occasionally does the comic genius of Stan and Ollie shine through. If the film is memorable at all, it is because of the presence of Robert Mitchum, in an unbilled but sizeable role as an insurance racketeer.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2018
UPC: 0024543586425
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sales rank: 51,084

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stan Laurel Himself
Oliver Hardy Himself
Trudy Marshall Mary Harlan
Matt Briggs Wentworth Harlan
Margaret Dumont Mrs. Harlan
Nestor Paiva Silvio
George Lloyd Jasper
Robert Mitchum Mickey
Edward Earle Clerk
Sherry Hall Dentist
Sam Ash Pianist
William Haade Truck Driver
Arthur Space Director
Daphne Pollard Mother
Buffalo Bill Stage Driver
Clair Actor
Chick Collins Bus Driver
Hallam Cooley Barker
Robert Emmett Keane Auctioneer
Allan Lane George Worthing
Hank Mann Vegetable Man
Emory Parnell Featherstone
Buddy Rogers Butler
Florence Shirley Dowager
Harry Tyler Man on Crutches
George Tyne Gangster
Bob Bailey Actor

Technical Credits
Malcolm St. Clair Director
James Basevi Art Director
George Bricker Screenwriter
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Norman Colbert Editor
W. Scott Darling Screenwriter
Chester Gore Art Director
Art Lange Score Composer
Lee Marcus Producer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision

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