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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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
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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:
Bert Scranton:[Advising Bonnie on being a reporter] You'll learn, Kid... cleanliness... condensation... where, what, when, and why... that's the idea. Say, don't let those guys on the copy desk bother yuh. They're just a bunch of butchers at heart. Why, do you know what they'd do if they got a chance?
Bonnie:What?
Bert Scranton:They'd cut the Lord's Prayer down to a one line squib.
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Crawford and Gable Shine, 4 January 2014
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

*** (out of 4)

Fun Pre-Code has a father dropping dead when he learns that he's lost everything in the stock market crash of 1929. His daughter (Joan Crawford) and son (William Bakewell) have no money and never had to work a day in their lives until now. She goes to work as a reporter for a newspaper while he gets involved with a gangster (Clark Gable) and soon all three are going to collide. DANCE, FOOLS, DANCE is a must-see if you're a fan of the starts or just this era in history. I always enjoy watching these early films from the 30's because you just never really know what type of wildness you're going to get. The film starts off at a society party where all the young adults decide to go swimming even though there's not enough bathing suits. The entire stuff dealing with the stock market crash was obviously still very hurtful to most in 1931 so many films from this era used it for starting point on a plot. I thought the film was extremely entertaining thanks in large part to the excellent performances with Crawford leading the way. She gets to play a rich society brat, a hard-working reporter and an undercover gangster's girl and she does a very good job with all three. Gable is also excellent as the gangster and there's just no question about it but he and Crawford just had a certainly magic to all their films together. Bakewell is good as the brother and there's nice support from Cliff Edwards and Lester Vail. I'm not going to ruin the ending but it's certainly a great one and something that Tarantino would likely do nearly seventy-years later. DANCE, FOOLS, DANCE is a must see for fans of the genre and there's no question the stars are in good form.

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