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Dime a Dance (1937)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Music | 23 December 1937 (USA)
June Allyson is a cashier in a dance hall and her friend Imogene Coca wants to get a job there as a dance hostess. June advises her she needs to first make herself attractive to men,and ... See full summary »

Director:

Al Christie

Writers:

Arthur L. Jarrett (story) (as Arthur Jarrett), Marcy Klauber (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Imogene Coca ... Esmeralda
Danny Kaye ... Eddie
June Allyson ... Harriet
Hank Henry ... Homer
Barry Sullivan ... Sailor
Johnny Johnson's Orchestra Johnny Johnson's Orchestra ... Orchestra
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June Allyson is a cashier in a dance hall and her friend Imogene Coca wants to get a job there as a dance hostess. June advises her she needs to first make herself attractive to men,and gives her a book on the subject. But Imogene, by mistake, picks up the wrong book and reads one on the art of jiu-jitsu. Imogene's first customer is a bashful sailor (Danny Kaye) who gets turned every which way but loose. Hank Henry also appears as a sailor. All four performers had better things ahead of them although,in the case of comedian Hank Henry, not by much. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Wallflower Turned Cavewoman (original poster)

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Short | Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happyland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Barry Sullivan. See more »

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Edited into The Birth of a Star (1944) See more »

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Early short and look at four fine performers
19 February 2019 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Dime a Dance" is an early short comedy film, in the first year of four actors who would go on to have fine careers in the movies and TV. It's the very first film appearance of Danny Kaye, and only the fourth short for June Allyson in her first year. Imogene Coca makes just her second film appearance and short that year, while Barry Sullivan is in his third short, after his first short in 1936. Coca's career path followed television mostly, while the other three were mostly in films with some TV.

Allyson and Sullivan are hardly recognizable in this early film. Their adult appearances for which they were known for decades hadn't yet developed beyond their youthful looks. Kaye and Coca, on the other hand, while very youthful, already had the semblance of the characters fans grew to know and enjoy over the years.

Kaye has a good role, but this is a comedy that stars Imogene Coca. Her Esmeralda is a real hoot as she puts some moves on gob Homer, played by Hank Henry, on the dance hall floor. Homer was a celeb, in having become the ping-pong champion of the fleet.


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