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Director:
Writers:
Aurania Rouverol (story)
Richard Schayer (continuity)
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Release Date:
7 February 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Joan Crawford ... Bonnie
Lester Vail ... Bob

Cliff Edwards ... Bert Scranton

William Bakewell ... Rodney
William Holden ... Stanley Jordan

Clark Gable ... Jake Luva
Earle Foxe ... Wally (as Earl Foxe)
Purnell Pratt ... Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Hale Hamilton ... Selby
Natalie Moorhead ... Della
Joan Marsh ... Sylvia
Russell Hopton ... Whitey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Luva's Henchman (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Albert (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ... Yacht Waiter (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Clinton (uncredited)

Ann Dvorak ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Livingston ... Jack (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Stockbroker (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Luva's Henchman (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Luva's Butler (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Emilio (uncredited)
Tommy Shugrue ... Tom (uncredited)
Mortimer Snow ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Trent ... Man with Sylvia at Auction (uncredited)
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Directed by
Harry Beaumont 
 
Writing credits
Aurania Rouverol (story and dialogue)

Richard Schayer (continuity)

Joan Crawford  collaborating writer (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
George Hively (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Mintz .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Charles E. Wallace .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mosconi .... dance arranger (uncredited)
 
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80 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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"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:
Continuity: 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:
Stanley Jordan:Must you smoke before breakfast?
Bonnie:I must if I want to keep thin, darling.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
You got me going, sister, 3 January 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Bonnie and Rodney Jordan (Joan Crawford, William Bakewell) lose everything in the stock market crash. First their father dies of a heart attack and then they discover why: he lost his entire fortune in the crash. Now broke for the first time, Bonnie and Rodney must go to work. Bonnie gets a job as a reporter. Rodney goes to work for bootlegger Jake Luva (Clark Gable). The two being on opposite sides of the law leads to inevitable conflict.

Middle-of-the-road crime drama will appeal most to fans of Crawford and Gable. It's hardly the best work of either, though. It's a pre-Code film, which sometimes is all you have to say to get some classic film fans interested in a movie. Personally I didn't see anything all that risqué in this one. An early scene of a bunch of people in their underwear going for a swim seems to get the most talk but it's pretty tame despite the description. The story is something that was done many times and better over the years, in one variation or another. The insipid romance between Joan and Lester Vail leaves a lot to be desired.

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