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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first of eight films that starred Joan Crawford and Clark Gable. 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 »


Bob: You know I'm very much in love with you, don't you?
Bonnie: Are you?
Bob: I'm crazy about you, and you know it.
Bonnie: I didn't know.
Bob: Well, you know it now.
Bonnie: What about it?
[She takes a drink]
Bob: That's it... what? Are you going to make me stand around on ceremony?
Bonnie: Think I'm so old-fashioned?
Bob: I hope not.
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Little White Lies
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played offscreen in the nightclub after Bonnie's dance
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Crawford and Gable sizzle!
13 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is one of Joan Crawford's best Talkies. It was the first Gable-Crawford pairing, and made it evident to MGM and to audiences that they were a sizzling team, leading the studio to make seven more films with them as co-stars.

The film convincingly depicts the downward slide of a brother and sister who, after their father loses everything in the stock market crash, must fend for themselves and work for a living. Life is hard in the Depression, and soon even their attempts at finding legitimate work prove futile, and they resort to underworld activity.

Joan Crawford is excellent as the socialite-turned-moll. She's smart, complex, and believable. She even tempers the theatrical stiffness of the other actors' early Talkie acting style. Clark Gable is a diamond-in-the rough, masculine and gruff as the no-nonsense gangster who becomes involved with Crawford's character. The same year he would play a similar and even more successful role opposite Norma Shearer in "A Free Soul", securing his position as top male sex symbol at MGM.

If you like Crawford in this type of role, don't miss "Paid", which she did a year earlier, which is also among her best early Talkie performances.

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