Ten Cents a Dance (1931)

 |  Drama  |  6 March 1931 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara O'Neill
Bradley Carlton
Eddie Miller
Blanche Friderici ...
Mrs. Blanchard
Phyllis Crane ...
Olive Tell ...
Mrs. Carlton
Victor Potel ...
Smith, a Sailor
Al Hill ...
Jones, a Sailor
Jack Byron ...
Abe Lyman ...
And His Orchestra (as Abe Lyman and His Orchestra)
Pat Harmon ...
Casey, the Bouncer
Martha Sleeper ...
Nancy Clark
David Newell ...
Ralph Clark
Sidney Bracey ...
Wilson, Carlton's Butler


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







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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Barbara O'Neill: You're not a man. You're not even a good sample.
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Ten Cents a Dance
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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