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Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 7 February 1931 (USA)
After the death of her father and loss of the family fortune, Bonnie gets a job as a cub reporter while her brother becomes involved in bootlegging.



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Complete credited cast:
Lester Vail ...
Bert Scranton
William Holden ...
Stanley Jordan
Jake Luva
Earle Foxe ...
Wally (as Earl Foxe)
Purnell Pratt ...
Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Hale Hamilton ...


After her father Stanley Jordan loses his wealth in market, Bonnie goes to work as a cub reporter. Her brother Rodney is the wheel man in a gangland massacre. Bert, a reporter on Bonnie's paper, is murdered while investigating. Bonnie gets to know gang leader Jake Luva and learns how the gang works and that her brother is involved. By the time it's over her wealthy friend Bob sees how wonderful she is and falls in love with her for good. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Danzad, locos, danzad  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In real life, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred on February 14, 1929 while the Stock Exchange Crash happened on October 29, 1929. In this film the Crash occurs first. See more »


When Rodney comes into the yacht cabin to find Bonnie blow-drying her hair, she looks up at him and her hair is a frizzy mess. In the very next shot, her hair is perfectly styled. See more »


Bert Scranton: [Advising Bonnie on being a reporter] You'll learn, Kid... cleanliness... condensation... where, what, when, and why... that's the idea. Say, don't let those guys on the copy desk bother yuh. They're just a bunch of butchers at heart. Why, do you know what they'd do if they got a chance?
Bonnie: What?
Bert Scranton: They'd cut the Lord's Prayer down to a one line squib.
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight Sonata)
(1800-01) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by Natalie Moorhead
Reprised on piano by Joan Crawford in a swing version
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Mad, silly fun from the Jazz Age!
1 February 2000 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Don't listen to fuddy-duddy critics on this one, this is a gem! Young rich Joan and her brother find themselves penniless after their father dies - and now they have to work for a living! She, naturally, becomes a reporter, and he, just as naturally, a driver for the mob! By wild co-incidences their careers meet head on, thanks to gangster Clark Gable. In the meantime there is the chance for a moonlight underwear swim for a bunch of pretty young things and for Joan to do a couple of risque dance numbers (with all the grace of a steam-shovel).

But none of this is supposed to be taken seriously - it's all good fun from those wonderful pre-code days, when Hollywood was really naughty. Joan looks great, and displays much of the emotional range that would give her career such longevity (thank God she stopped the dancing!). Gable is remarkable as a slimy gangster - he wasn't a star yet and so didn't have to be the hero. Great to see him playing something different. And William Bakewell is excellent as the poor confused brother. And there are some great montages and tracking shots courtesy of director Harry Beaumont, who moves the piece on with a cracking pace - and an occasional wink to the audience! Great fun!

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