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Her hair isn't yet platinum and her makeup is still more girlish than glamorous, but Lana Turner is nonetheless "a walking acetylene torch" in her first top billing, playing a dancer planted in a big Midwest college to win a rigged Hollywood contest. The prize: the starring role in a big movie musical. The complications: plenty, especially when the co-ed falls for a crusading college newshound
(Richard Carlson) who suspects the contest is as phony as a press agent's smile. But the real romance happened the next year when Dancing Co-Ed co-star Artie Shaw - whose swing music is as white-hot as the leading lady's starpower - took Turner out on their first date. They came back the next day from Las Vegas...married.

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  • Actors: Lana Turner, Richard Carlson, Ann Rutherford, Lee Bowman, Thurston Hall
  • Directors: S. Sylvan Simon
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VLITSA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on March 13, 2011
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Lana Turner is remarkably young and fresh in this funny musical film, one of the best released in the year 1939, sometimes spoken of as the greatest single year for the movies. If DANCING CO-ED was nothing more than a programmer, a movie destined to be sold together with an "A" picture and never considered very high-class nor prestigious, it just shows you that ironically enough, a mere trifle like this one turns out to be better than GONE WITH THE WIND, MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, STAGECOACH, LOVE AFFAIR, DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and the other films often trotted out to prove that 1939 was the apex of the studio system. Turner plays a young Broadway dancer who hasn't quite made it, and who gets plummeted into a large Midwestern university (called, ridiculously enough, "Midwestern") through a series of quite extensive plot machinations. Indeed the back story of DANCING CO-ED is so tangled and crazy it sort of takes the fun away from the story of college hijinks and good times. I can't even paraphrase it, except to say that a star team of married dancers (like Fred and Ginger, except married) are about to start the biggest picture of their careers, when a Winchell-type broadcaster reveals to a nationwide audience that the distaff half of the team (Mary Beth Hughes--blink and you'll miss her) is pregnant, throwing the movie into disarray. The powers that be decide to embark on a nationwide hunt for her replacement, ad the hook will be that, because the movie in question is to be called Dancing Co-Ed, they will get a real co-ed to play the part. The publicity will be enormous they figure. Why not cast Lana as a co-ed? I suppose nobody would believe it.Read more ›
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These "co-ed" movies were fairly formulaic in regard to content: Simple stories of boy winning girl in a senior high school/college setting with a plot device that sets up the couple for silly misunderstandings and mishaps on the path to love. Nothing more than a backdrop for lots of corny gags, one-liners, and light slapstick. They were meant as light entertainment, maybe equivalent to television sit-coms; and the studios often used the films to test the marketability of new or upcoming talent while pairing them with established comedians/entertainers. The Dancing Co-ed is a great example of the genre with Lana Turner playing opposite studio comedians with a cameo from swing sensation Artie Shaw and his band ( add in a few close-ups of star drummer Buddy Rich)

I bought this DVD solely to see Lana Turner as a young performer. I am not a huge Lana Turner fan, but I often like to view the early films of top stars and see what made them stand out, if anything. Well, Lana Turner surprised me not only for her really natural, good looks( just her normal strawberry-blond self), but also for a kind of simple, open personality. She seems very comfortable in front of a camera. Her film persona would change very quickly to sultry, screen beauty, but here she is the girl next-door . She even does a little tap dancing ( not bad at all) not to mention some silly, slapstick gags and is completely at ease.

Interestingly, Miss Turner in this film resembles Betty Grable when she did co-ed films in looks and demeanor. Grable just graduated from co-ed films at the time of Dancing Co-Eds and within a year (1940) would star in her first big musical hits. Like Grable and many film stars, there is a natural on-screen poise that distinguishes Turner. Screen charisma, whatever you want to call it, she had it.
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I bought this DVD simply to add another Veronica Lake to my collection and was disappointed that she is nowhere to be seen (she was credited as Constance Keane (as she was in her first few films), and described by TCM as "girl on a motorcycle". There never was a girl on a motorcycle.
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I purchased this film because I really enjoy Lana Turner however, this film left me feeling like she wasn't really in it. She didn't have her usual flair. Granted it was one of her earlier works but she just didn't have the same magic on film as she has in her other work. It was sort of like she wasn't feeling her part either. Not one of her better works so if you are buying this just for Lana, then don't waste your time or money.
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