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6 March 1931 (USA) See more »
She was a dance hall hostess but the band never played "Home Sweet Home" for her. (Studio publicity sheet).
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Barbara O'Neill

Ricardo Cortez ... Bradley Carlton

Monroe Owsley ... Eddie Miller

Sally Blane ... 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

Martha Sleeper ... Nancy Clark

David Newell ... Ralph Clark

Sidney Bracey ... Wilson, Carlton's Butler

Harry Todd ... Mr. Carney
Aggie Herring ... Mrs. Carney
Peggy Doner ... Yvonne

James Ford ... Dancer

Hal Price ... Doorman

Bess Flowers ... Bridge Player
Ernie Alexander ... Elevator Operator

Abe Lyman ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Phelps ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Virginia Verrill ... Off-screen Singing Voice (uncredited)

Directed by
Lionel Barrymore 
Edward Buzzell (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dorothy Howell  continuity
Jo Swerling 

Produced by
Harry Cohn .... producer
Frank Fouce .... producer
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller 
Gilbert Warrenton 
Film Editing by
Arthur Huffsmith 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Jewell 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Rosson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Russell Malmgren .... sound recordist
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director (as Bakaleinikoff)
Other crew
Edward Shulter .... technical advisor

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.19 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Approved (certificate #1328-R 1935 Re-Release)

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Going for a Song, 30 July 2017
Author: Richard Chatten from Crystal Palace

There haven't been many films inspired by a popular song (but there have been others; Bobbie Gentry's 'Ode to Billy Joe' became a film in 1976), and the title of Lionel Barrymore's last film as director had led me to expect another musical; it then starts out seeming to promise a hard-boiled drama set amid the speakeasies. But after the obligatory opening sequence with the camera swooping around the dance hall where Barbara Stanwyck works, Barrymore settles down to instead deliver a weepie in which Alpha Plus female Barbara Stanwyck becomes inexplicably enamoured of Gamma Minus male Monroe Owsley to the extent of marrying him.

Scriptwriter Jo Swerling doesn't give Owsley a single redeeming feature, leaving you torn between wanting to give him a smack for being such an unappreciative pig and her for not giving him that smack herself. Alpha male fairy godfather Ricardo Cortez is frankly far too good be true, his actions implausibly honourable at all times; and Stanwyck is such a doormat I'm sure he was capable of better (ironically she was at the time herself married to one of the most detested men in show business, Frank Fay). But I guess by the end she'd earned a break.

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