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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
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Wilson, Carlton's Butler
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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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She was a dance hall hostess but the band never played "Home Sweet Home" for her. (Studio publicity sheet).

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6 March 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

10-Cents Dansen  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.19 : 1
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Quotes

Barbara O'Neill: She's got to keep the place hot enough to avoid bankruptcy and cold enough to avoid raids.
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Alternate-language version of Carne de cabaret (1931) See more »

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Ten Cents a Dance
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Ten Minutes of Cheap Thrills
24 July 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Between the tacky title and the pre-Code year (1931), I was expecting a carload of cheap thrills. Happily, the first ten minutes does deliver. There's the tawdry lineup of taxi dancers waiting to get mauled; the over-loud bouncy band; and the tacky guys eager for ten cents of hard-boiled maybe's. Then there's the dressing room where the girls get to trade war stories and smooth out their nylons. No, it's not exactly the uptown social register, but it is colorful as heck. Plus, the slinky, gum-popping Stanwyck couldn't be more at home.

But then the story goes all soap-opera, as Barbara (Stanwyck) tries to hang onto her philandering husband, a very un-charismatic Eddie (Owsley), who also happens to steal from his employer (Cortez) who also happens to be an uptown socialite who also happens to have a yen for Barbara, of all people. Yes, it does get a little confusing. But hang on anyway, since our suddenly very faithful ex-taxi dancer has to suffer big time in order to deserve her eventual reward. I expect there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

No, I didn't get the cheap thrill carload I was hoping for. But Stanwyck does compensate for a lot. Plus I really liked the camaraderie amongst the girls, sort of like what you find among men in combat. But then I guess that fits. Anyhow, if you have a preference for weepies and gum-popping dames, this stone age talky fills the bill.


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