The Dancing Masters

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Malcolm St. Clair
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
63 min

Oh, yes, madam. Yes, we teach

every possible form of dancing.

Ballroom, tap, ballet, rhythmic, hula

and jitter.

That's it, girls. That's it.

Remember, gracefulness is everything.

Now..."London Bridge."

Isn't he light?

In the head.

Wonderful. What's it called?

That is called

the "Dance of the Pelican"... own original creation.

Now, girls, we'll try

some bar exercises. Right over here.

Let's have it right this time.

Now you've just got to follow me

and do exactly as I do.

Now you put your right foot up

on the top, like that.

Now. One, two. One, two.

Now the other foot.

Hey, Trudy, come and get me.

- What's the matter?

- I think I'm stuck.

Hey, girls, come and help.

- Wait. You'd better get Ollie.

- All right.

Yeah, he'll get me off.

Make it snappy.


...Stanley's stuck to the wall.

- What, again?

All right, girls, relax.

I'll be right back.

You're always sticking

your foot into something.

- What's the matter now?

- I think I've got Charlie's horse.

- Get me out of here, will you?

- All right, girls, stand back.

Now, one, two, three.

I'm sorry, Ollie, I couldn't help it.

You see, it was...

- Class dismissed.

- Oh, goody!

Listen, boys,

we gotta get a new set up.

The FBI closed down all rackets, and

the snatch now gets you throat trouble.

I've got a new angle.

What do you think of that?

Never should've told

he looks like Eddie Robinson.

From now on, we're strictly on the legit.

We got a new front.

- We're gonna sell insurance.

- What do we know about insurance?

You used to sell protection,

didn't you?

What is insurance

but a form of protection, see?

You gonna sell insurance

the way you used to sell protection.

When the chump won't kick in, give him

the muscle the way you used to.

If there's any belch, the guys

at headquarters will take care of things.

This is no two-bit racket.

We'll divide up the towns in the state.

And you'll work the towns in pairs.

I got these wholesale.

One of you will act as the salesman,

the convincer. The other will use this.

He's the croaker, makes examinations

and certifies the chump... being a sound insurance risk.

Any questions?

Mickey, you draw Chambersburg. You

can take Jasper along as your croaker.


I'll show you how to use it later.

And you, Hymie the Goat,

you're going to Danville.

Don't forget to tell them you'll collect

the payments each month in person.

You make me sick.

Well, we've all go to live and learn.

- Yes, but you just live.

- Well, I can't help it.

Come in.

- Hello, boys.

- Hello, Trudy.

I just thought I'd drop in and pay

my tuition in advance for three months.

- Swell.

- I don't know what we'd do without you.

You know, you're practically

keeping the school open.

The other students

are putting us on the cuff.

- Oh, why, that's terrible.

- This morning we got a nasty letter...

...from the landlord and a very ugly letter

from the furniture man.

Look, I'll show you.

By the way,

have you seen Grant lately?

I'll see him later. Mother's waiting

below, we're going out to the plant.

- Give him our best.

- Oh, I will.

You know, Grant did

a great turn for us once.

- A friend in need...

- Is a friend in need.

- Indeed. Goodbye, boys.

- Goodbye, Trudy.


Friend in...

I'll put this in the safe.

- What's the combination to this thing?

- Two turns to the left.

One, two. What do you mean,

two turns to the left?

Hold this a minute.



- Two turns to the left.

- It'll be safer here.



See, one good turn

deserves another.

One good turn deserves another.

He's always picking on me.

- Good afternoon, gentlemen.

- We'd like to see the boss.

Which one? They're both very busy.

Mr. Hardy has an afternoon class in hula.

Look, we don't feel like

being argued with.

Mr. Hardy can let the hula dancers

wait around and twiddle their tums.

Shut up. Get him.

- Well, really, l...

- I said, get him.

You gotta be firm

with these tomatoes.

But they insist on seeing both you

and Mr. Laurel at once.

- Not income tax?

- No, I don't think so.

- We haven't got time, we're busy.

- Mr. Hardy, you'd better see them.

They're... Well, they don't take no

for an answer.

In fact, they intimidated me.

They did?

Well, you throw them out

and if you have any trouble, send for me.

- All right.

- The idea intimidating you.

- Can't tell us...

- I'll never stand...

- Did you wish to see me?

- I'm Mr. Halligon.

Here's my associate, Dr. Jasper.

I'm Mr. Hardy

and my partner, Mr. Laurel.

- How do you do?

- How do you do?

- How's everything?

- Everything is fine.

- Well...

- Oh!

This is a pretty nice

layout you got here.

- I'm glad you approve of it.

- Doing a tremendous business.

Oh, yes, indeed.

- You're just the people we like to meet.

- Oh, yes.

- People are turning us away.

- They certainly...

Uh, my card.

"The Last Mile Insurance Company."

I'm sorry but we do not need

any insurance.

- Oh, yes, you do.

- Oh, no, we don't.

You do and you gonna have it,


We do not. N-O "ot." Not.

You got a nice joint, you wouldn't want

anything to happen to it, would you?

Why not?

I mean why would we?

If you don't take insurance and have

protection, accidents might happen.

- That's right.

The joint might burn down.

Gee, that'd be awful.

Suppose there was an explosion,

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Scott Darling (born December 22, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round, 153rd overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. more…

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