5.8/10
542
20 user 9 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Neil Hamilton
Possessed (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ambitious factory Girl Marion Martin meets a handsome well-to-do, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford
Dancing Lady (1933)
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone
Strange Cargo (1940)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Convicts escaping from Devil's Island come under the influence of a strange Christ-like figure.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter
Chained (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A mistress of one man has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A flapper who's secretly a good girl and a gold digging floozy masquerading as an ingénue both vie for the hand of a millionaire.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Nils Asther
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Dill leaves Mary standing at the altar in order to marry his old flame, Connie, instead. Knowing that Mary still has feelings for Dill, Jeff keeps quiet about his own love for her.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable
Letty Lynton (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Wealthy socialite Letty Lynton is returning to New York, abandoning one-tine lover Emile Renaul in South America, when she strikes up a shipboard romance with Jerry Darrow. Renault is ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Nils Asther
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Growing up in a poor working-class family, Laura decides not to marry the boy-next-door and instead accepts wealthy, older Will Brockton's invitation to move in with him. After falling in ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Constance Bennett, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Montgomery
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Valentine Winters goes to Paris to meet the divorced mother she has never known. She becomes involved with dissipated Tony and when their car rolls over is saved by Harvard footballer Bob. ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Grinde
Stars: Joan Crawford, Pauline Frederick, Neil Hamilton
Susan Lenox (1931)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Fleeing her cruel uncle and an arranged marriage Susan Lenox falls in love with a kind stranger but circumstances force her to become a woman of easy virtue.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Jean Hersholt
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Lester Vail ...
Bob
...
Bert Scranton
...
Rodney
William Holden ...
Stanley Jordan
...
Jake Luva
Earle Foxe ...
Wally (as Earl Foxe)
Purnell Pratt ...
Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Hale Hamilton ...
Selby
...
Della
...
Sylvia
Russell Hopton ...
Whitey
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Danzad, locos, danzad  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"Dance, Fools, Dance" is clearly based on two infamous incidents in Chicago crime history: the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre in a garage and the June 9, 1930 murder of Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle, shot while heading to a train station.However, unlike the movie's Bert Scranton, Lingle was a shady character who played both sides of the law and had parlayed a $65 a week salary into a $60,000 income. In journalistic terms Lingle was known as a legman who would telephone in the salient details of the story which would be actually written by a rewrite man. This is what happens when Crawford's Bonnie phones in her story after the shootout. See more »

Goofs

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

Bob: What's the matter? You've kissed me before, haven't you?
Bonnie: Yes, but that wasn't a permanent arrangement, was it?
Bob: Aren't you being clever!
Bonnie: And aren't you being vague as usual?
Bob: All right, if that's what you want, I'll set you up in a real establishment anytime you like. You don't have to make your living off of Jake Luva, dancing in his nightclub. I can do much better for you than that. Now is that less vague?
Bonnie: That's very clear. Now we understand each other. I'm a cheap little dancer in a night ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in What Is Cinema? (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Little White Lies
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played offscreen in the nightclub after Bonnie's dance
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


9 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
OFFICIAL DVD now available directly from Warner's webpage! simonhowson
Discuss Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?