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Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  7 February 1931 (USA)
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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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Rodney
William Holden ...
Stanley Jordan
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Jake Luva
Earle Foxe ...
Wally (as Earl Foxe)
Purnell Pratt ...
Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Hale Hamilton ...
Selby
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Della
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Sylvia
Russell Hopton ...
Whitey
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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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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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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Bonnie: [to Bob] Don't touch me. That's all over with. Nice of you to be so generous, but I must be going. I have a heavy date tonight.
[Pausing at the door as she's leaving]
Bonnie: I'm hitting the pace now, and I like it.
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Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight Sonata)
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Played on piano by Natalie Moorhead
Reprised on piano by Joan Crawford in a swing version
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Terrific Early Crawford Vehicle
27 March 2004 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

I disagree strongly with anyone who might dismiss this film as "just" entertainment. Set right after the carefree, roaring 20s, during the early days of the Great Depression, Dance, Fools, Dance is at its heart an earnest cautionary tale, with a clear message about how best to endure these hard times. Yet this fast-paced and tightly-plotted film is far from being a dreary morality tale.

In the 30s, Hollywood had a knack for churning out one entertaining *and* enlightening audience-pleaser after another, all without wasting a frame of film. Dance, Fools, Dance -- one of *four* films that Harry Beaumont directed in 1931 -- is barely 80 minutes long, yet its characters are well developed, its story never seems rushed, and despite its many twists in plot, the audience is never left behind.

With the lone exception of Lester Vail as flaccid love interest Bob Townsend, the supporting cast is uniformly strong. Worthy of note are William Bakewell as Crawford's brother, Cliff Edwards (best known as the voice of Jiminy Cricket) as reporter Bert Scranton, and Clark Gable in an early supporting role as gangster Jake Luva.

But this is Joan Crawford's film, and she absolutely shines in it. Made when she was just 27, this lesser-known version of Crawford will probably be unrecognizable to those more familiar with her later work. However, here is proof that long before she took home an Oscar for Mildred Pierce, Crawford was a star in the true sense of the word, a terrific actress with the charisma to carry a picture all by herself.

Score: EIGHT out of TEN


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