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Dancers in the Dark (1932)

Approved | | Drama | 11 March 1932 (USA)
A bandleader tries to romance a dancer by sending her boyfriend, a musician, out of town. However, things get complicated when he finds out that a gangster has designs on her too.

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Gloria Bishop
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Duke Taylor
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Floyd Stevens
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A bandleader tries to romance a dancer by sending her boyfriend, a musician, out of town. However, things get complicated when he finds out that a gangster has designs on her too.

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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St. Louis Blues
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Written by W.C. Handy
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Just okay...
4 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Dance in the Dark" is an okay film and nothing more. It is set in a dance hall and soon after the movie begins, one of the band members, Floyd, asks one of the girls, Gloria (Miriam Hopkins) to marry him. She is apprehensive at first, as she's apparently got a past but she agrees. The band leader, Duke (Jack Oakie), however, is jealous as he wants Gloria for himself. So, Duke arranges for the owner of the dance hall to fire Floyd! Soon, Floyd is out performing with another band and the plan is for him to return in a few months and marry Gloria. But in the meantime, Duke plans on laying on the charm in an effort to win her himself. The wild card in all this is Louie (George Raft)...a scary sociopath who is capable of anything.

The film is just okay. The biggest problem is that everyone in the picture and audience knows Duke is smitten with Gloria yet Gloria, inexplicably, has no idea that this is the case. Additionally, the film is occasionally a bit shrill and difficult to believe...particularly the ending. Nothing worth rushing to see, that's for sure.


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