Dance with me Henry on DVD
One of the greatest comedy teams of all time goes out with a bit
of a whimper in this flick that sees the duo trying to keep one step ahead of
the law and the lawbreakers.
Together for the last time in this 1956 flick, Bud Abbott and Lou
Costello's Dance With Me Henry is a fairly unfunny film that really makes you
pine for their greatest films.
All Lou Henry (Costello) is trying to do is live a quiet and happy
life running an amusement park and bringing up his adopted children. Alas, the
welfare bureaucrats consider him an unfit father, and want to take his kids
away from him. And if that isnt bad enough, his buddy Bud (Abbott),
drowning in gambling debts, has run afoul of the mob and needs Lous help.
It's worth seeing, but it's definitely dwarfed by so many other
great A&C collaborations, including:
A better outing is The Noose Hangs High, in which the pair
are window washers who get mistaken for messengers and get drawn into organized
crime when theyre sent by a gangster to collect $50,000.
Unfortunately, Lou loses the money, mailing it to a woman who upon
receiving it goes on a spending spree. Given 36 hours to get the cash back, the
three protagonists have to figure out a plan quickly or face the
This film is pretty funny and its also quite interesting
because the supporting cast gets to take part in what otherwise would have been
typical Abbott and Costello routines.
Both A&C films are presented in their original full frame
aspect ratio and the picture quality is quite good. Audio is Dolby Digital mono
and is unremarkable.
The Noose Hangs High, from MGM Home Entertainment
77 min. full
frame (1.33:1, not 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital mono,
Abbott, Lou Costello, Joseph Calleia, Leon Errol, Cathy Downs
John Grant, Howard Harris, produced and directed by Charles Barton
Dance for me Henry, from MGM Home Entertainment
80 min. full
frame (1.33:1, not 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital mono
Abbott, Lou Costello, Gigi Perreau, Rusty Hamer, Mary Wickes
Written by Devery Freeman, Directed by Charles Barton
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