Lightweight, but amusing and tuneful, DANCING CO-ED was 19-year-old Turner's first starring role for MGM and showed off her legs (as well as those of others) to great advantage. Karns is a high-powered press agent (and when did anyone ever meet a low-powered press agent?) who launches a
national contest to find the star for a new movie. Turner is planted in a college in the Midwest to be chosen in the fraudulent function, since there's no way they'll take a chance and get a non-pro. Turner is sent to to the school and, accompanied by Rutherford (who made GONE WITH THE WIND right
after this job, going from the ridiculous to the sublime), Karns's secretary, she enrol...