School for Romance (1934)

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Archie Stotler was well known for his Columbia "musical novelties" with their rhyming dialogue (most famous is Woman Haters, which starred the Three Stooges). Here, Lou Holtz plays Count Romansky, an advice columnist with a bevy of scantily clad assistants. Unfortunately, he finds himself out of a job early on in the film and has to come up with an alternate plan. His idea is to open up a school in which he instructs young lovers in the ways of romance, including "sofa lessons," a "park bench room," and a "canoe room." But the count gets a little too wrapped up in his work, and when his own girlfriend finds him "tutoring" a young lady, he finds himself in hot water. The angry sweetheart takes on one of the count's male students and after calling it even, the couple make up. What's most notable about this short is its supporting cast, which includes not only Arthur Treacher, who was new to films at the time, but also future stars Betty Grable and Ward Bond.