Two sources from 1941/1942 list Dean as being in this movie, which was made just before WWII started for the US.
Whaddaya think? Is that Dean second from right?
Can anyone ID Connie Weidell, who DID make the lists of who danced in the film?
Another of the dancers wrote a biography, and I'm hoping he maybe mentions this film, and who he danced with in it, besides his brother, and Ann Miller. He HAS to mention her!
So says Dean in "Always a Bridesmaid, " as he grabs Patty Andrews when she walks onto the dance floor to tell a bunch of jitterbugs (really "the Jivin' Jacks and Jills" - Jacks and Jills? sounds familiar) to knock it off. For the next 30 seconds or so, they do what you would expect from Dean. Patty ends up getting dizzy from a continuous whip they dance, and stumbles off the dance floor.
Rusty Frank noted both Patty and Dean in her "Tap!: The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories, 1900-1955" book, but doesn't mention that they danced together. And I haven't found much else about this scene.
Dean worked with the Andrews Sisters in Buck Privates, of course, and this film was made a few years later.
In researching Dean's early years... tracing where is family was living way before he became "Dean Collins"... I came across the fact that there is a connection between Dean's father and where he worked shortly after Dean was born and my home town. In fact there were about half a dozen WWI ships built in New Jersey that were named after towns where I grew up.
Dean "follows" Guy Madison in preparation for the 1946 film "Till the End of Time," Drama about former WW2 soldiers readjusting to civilian life and dealing with their mental and physical traumas. There is at least one more publicity still showing Dean and Guy on the set. Think I found this one on Pinterest.
A "cat" throws his "chick" over the elbow. Dean Collins and Bertie Patters, who won the New York championship in Madison Square Garden, are shown in a contortion of their original "Times Square Rug Cutting Blues." They want the title at a giant swingfest to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Photo dated: 1939. Herald-Examiner Collection