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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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Before this movie Joan Crawford told people not to have affairs with their leading men until they made three movies together. She and Clark Gable had only made two together, but they started to have an affair during this movie. Afterwards Crawford said she had to eat her words, but that they tasted sweet.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:
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Joan Goes To Work, 17 November 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Joan Crawford got to display some of her dancing talents which brought her to films in the first place in Dance Fools Dance. She also was paired for the first time with Clark Gable. Although Gable was sixth down on the billing the impression he made assured that he and Crawford would work together again.

In fact when Dance Fools Dance came out Crawford was already shooting another film, Laughing Sinners with Neil Hamilton and Johnny Mack Brown as her leads. The reviews Gable got made Louis B. Mayer scrap all the footage that had been shot with Brown and Gable was immediately recast in that picture.

Crawford and William Bakewell play a couple of rich kids whose father William Holden loses everything in the Crash of 29 and dies from the shock of it. And I mean he lost everything as the mansion and its furnishings are auctioned off to pay all the debts the estate owes. Both of them have to go to work, Bakewell not all pleased with that prospect.

Joan goes to work for a newspaper, writing sob sister stuff and she proves she has a knack for it. Bakewell on the other hand gets a job with your friendly bootlegger and his boss who is Clark Gable.

At this point the film makes use of the real life incidents of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the murder of reporter Jake Lingle in Chicago who covered the gangland beat. Cliff Edwards who plays the reporter does an excellent job, possibly the best acted part next to Gable.

Playing opposite Crawford as her ever faithful boyfriend from the good old rich days is Broadway actor Lester Vail. I looked Vail up on the Broadway Database and he had considerable stage career. He did not do too many films and truth be told he did not register well as a screen presence. No wonder all the talk was about the few scenes Gable and Crawford had together when she went undercover to investigate the murder of her friend and colleague Edwards.

Though it goes over the top in the melodrama toward the end Dance Fools Dance was a significant milestone in the careers of two screen legends.

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