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The Dancing Masters (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 November 1943 (USA)
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Two bumbling dance teachers help an awkward inventor sell his new invention and facilitate his romance with a beautiful socialite.


Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal St. Clair)


Scott Darling (screen play) (as W. Scott Darling), George Bricker (suggested by a story by)





Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Trudy Marshall ... Trudy Harlan
Robert Bailey ... Grant Lawrence
Matt Briggs ... Wentworth Harlan
Margaret Dumont ... Louise Harlan
Allan Lane ... George Worthing


The boys operate a ballet school (appearing in drag) and try to help a young inventor sell his idea, to get in the good graces of his girl's father. In their efforts, they get involved with a gang of insurance racketeers. All ends well. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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A young Robert Mitchum has an uncredited bit part as a fraudulent insurance salesman. See more »


When Stan discovers the secret bar, he first places the book on the bar with the spine facing outwards. When the bar reappears a minute later, the spine is facing towards the wall. See more »


Woman at dancing school: [referring to Stan's ballet dancing] Isn't he light?
Mother at Dancing School: [with disdain] In the head!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robert Mitchum/Simply Red (1987) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
In the score during the bedroom scenes
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The Dancing Masters is pretty entertaining, if uneven, Laurel and Hardy comedy
7 August 2007 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In a remarkable coincidence, I found out in the morning paper that today is the day Oliver Hardy died 50 years ago. That made me want to watch The Dancing Masters right away since I checked that out of the library last Sunday. Since this was one of Hardy's and partner Laurel's latter-day features they made for, in Stan's words, "those Fox people", there isn't much in the way of logic in the comic set pieces that are depicted here but for the most part the movie is pretty amusing with many laughs and smiles from me when the boys are by themselves or whenever they have someone new, like leading lady Trudy Marshall, participate in one of their routines. In fact, Ms. Marshall recounted to one L & H biographer how she told Stan and Ollie how she'd love to do comedy so they let her in the "Mixed Hats" routine in which she also incorporated plates. She became known as "One-Take Marshall" from that incident in her cherished memory! Also appearing, without credit, was Robert Mitchum in one of his early thug roles, here talking a little fast for his usual character. Also, Margaret Dumont, usual Marx Brothers foil, provides some amusing moments. Alas, the movie falls apart at the end with a really illogical bus chase that mixes obvious back projection scenes with obvious model scenes to uneven results. Stan's line at the end does partially make up for that. So while The Dancing Masters is not an L & H classic, it's certainly worth a look for die-hard fans of the boys. Rest in eternal peace, Mr. Hardy.

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19 November 1943 (USA) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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