Dancing Co-ed (1939)





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This MGM musical comedy has 19-year-old Lana Turner in her starring-role debut. She plays a talented young dancer who becomes the object of a phoney-baloney national screen test contest set up as a publicity stunt by a powerful press agent who wants to promote her in an upcoming film. Before the contest begins, the press agent has the girl enrolled in a Midwestern college where she is to be magically discovered and illicitly selected as the winner of the contest. A chaperone accompanies her while the press agent begins his nationwide "search." The trouble begins when a college newspaper editor at the girl's college begins suspecting monkey business and decides to do an expose. But he and the dancer have fallen in love. She tells him all about the scam, and he, wanting to protect her, has his buddies abduct her and hold her hostage until the contest is over. Meanwhile, the girl's chaperone goes on in her stead, and whatta-ya-know, wins the contest. The dancer, isn't upset though, because she has decided to accept the editor's proposal and stay where she is. Look closely for a young Veronica Lake, billed as Constance Keane, in a bit part. Artie Shaw and his orchestra provide the musical numbers. The film is also known as Every Other Inch a Lady.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Lana Turner
as Patty Marlow
Richard Carlson
as Michael 'Pug' Braddock
Lee Bowman
as Freddy Tobin
Ann Rutherford
as Miss Eve Greeley
Artie Shaw
as Himself
Leon Errol
as Pop Sam Marlow
Roscoe Karns
as Joe Drews
Monty Woolley
as Prof. Lange
Thurston Hall
as H.W. Workman
Walter Kingsford
as President Cavendish
Mary Field
as Miss Jenny May
Chester Clute
as Braddock
Edythe Elliott
as Housemother
Benny Baker
as Evans
Lee Phelps
as Stooge
Ben Baker
as Evans
Barbara Bedford
as Secretary'
John Day
as Assistant Stage Director
June Preisser
as Ticky James
Laura Treadwell
as Dean of Women
Minerva Urecal
as Woman on Radio
Ethelreda Leopold
as Flapjack Waitress
Wayne "Tiny" Whitt
as Fat Student
Dick Winslow
as Couple on Motorcycle
Ben Baker
as Evans
Arlie Shaw & His Band
as Artie Shaw (and his band)
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Oddball MGM film features Lana Turner (who dances a little) & Artie Shaw (who plays a little) in a musical comedy with very little music and not much comedy.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Read the title and you know what to expect!

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