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Ten Cents a Dance (1931)

Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi dancers. She marries Eddie and plans to quit dancing. Before she does, she meets a handsome and rich gentleman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Barbara O'Neill
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Bradley Carlton
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Eddie Miller
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Molly
Blanche Friderici ...
Mrs. Blanchard
Phyllis Crane ...
Eunice
Olive Tell ...
Mrs. Carlton
Victor Potel ...
Smith, a Sailor
Al Hill ...
Jones, a Sailor
Jack Byron ...
Leo
Pat Harmon ...
Casey, the Bouncer
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Nancy Clark
David Newell ...
Ralph Clark
Sidney Bracey ...
Wilson, Carlton's Butler
Harry Todd ...
Mr. Carney
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Storyline

Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi dancers. She marries Eddie and quits dancing, but before that, she meets with the handsome and very rich Bradley. Barbara eventually starts dancing again, since her marriage is plagued by financial tension, and Bradley begins visiting her again. Eddie becomes jealous, accusing his wife of infidelity. He sees that alleged infidelity as an excuse to steal money from Bradley. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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taxi dancer | number in title | See All (2) »

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She was a dance hall hostess but the band never played "Home Sweet Home" for her. (Studio publicity sheet).

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

6 March 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

10-Cents Dansen  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Quotes

Barbara O'Neill: You're not a man. You're not even a good sample.
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Soundtracks

Ten Cents a Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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A Bad Judge Of Character
11 March 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Back in the day when couples actually held each other while dancing the kind of place Barbara Stanwyck works in Ten Cents A Dance was fairly popular. Ten cents went a lot farther in those days. Today even given inflation you would pay a whole lot more and the dance would be on your lap.

One of Barbara's special customers is Ricardo Cortez, a man who's kept his business during the Depression and successfully, no easy task. She asks him to give one of her fellow boarders at her rooming house, Monroe Owsley a job in the firm. It seems to work out all around and she and Owsley get married.

But Owsley is a weak character and a poor gambler, losing money in penny ante card games and of all things playing the market in 1931, not a very sound idea. He embezzles $5000.00 from Cortez's firm. This is where Barbara has to make some critical choices, separate the men from the boys so to speak.

Lionel Barrymore who did some directing before the Oscar he won for A Free Soul brought him a contract with MGM to exclusively act directed this pre-Code potboiler. He does get good performances out of the three principal players. Another you won't forget is Sally Blane as the underage dime a dance girl and Blanche Frederici as the morals custodian of the dime a dance girls in her establishment.

Owsley who made a specialty of playing bad or weak characters died much too young. As for Barbara the role was definitely a boost for her young career at the time.


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