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Dancing Lady (1933)

An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patch Gallagher
Tod Newton
Dolly Todhunter - Tod's Grandmother
Winnie Lightner ...
Rosette LaRue
Ward King
Ted Healy and His Stooges ...
Ted Healy's Stooges
Arthur Jarrett ...
Art Jarrett (as Art Jarrett)
Jasper Bradley, Sr.
Nelson Eddy
Maynard Holmes ...
Jasper Bradley, Jr.
Pinky - the Show's Author
Gloria Foy ...
Vivian Warner


Janie lives to dance and will dance anywhere, even stripping in a burlesque house. Tod Newton, the rich playboy, discovers her there and helps her get a job in a real Broadway musical being directed by Patch. Tod thinks he can get what he wants from Janie, Patch thinks Janie is using her charms rather than talent to get to the top, and Janie thinks Patch is the greatest. Steve, the stage manager, has the Three Stooges helping him manage all the show girls. Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy make appearances as famous Broadway personalities. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Release Date:

24 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A táncoló hölgy  »

Box Office


$923,055 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's television premiere in New York City took place Monday 5 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Los Angeles it first aired 25 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 21 June 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


While chasing Patch, Janie is splashed by mud from a passing car; when she hops out of a cab minutes later, her shoes and stockings are clean. See more »


[first lines]
Girl with Tod: I don't like the looks of this place Todd.
Tod Newton: Ah, come on. You'll get a lot of laughs.
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Alabama Swing
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All singing, all dancing, all hokum!
29 August 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Clark Gable may have been the right star at the wrong studio - just think what Warner Bros. could have done with him in the Thirties - but he still had enough star quality to overcome even the most dubious casting. Take Dancing Lady, MGM's take on Warners' backstage Busby Berkeley musicals. It's a terrific movie put together with no expense spared, but somehow Gable isn't the first name that springs to mind when you think of a musical director putting on a Broadway revue. But then Joan Crawford isn't the first name you'd think of for a downtown gal going from Burlesque to Broadway and exhibiting the singing ability of Lee Marvin and the dancing skills of a fugitive from a chain gang (there's a difference between dancing and just knowing the steps).

All clichés are present and correct, from Joan replacing an 'untalented' star who can dance her off the screen to the chorus girls with great faces but horrendous voices. Somehow it doesn't matter: it's too much fun and too ridiculous for that, especially in the absurdly overproduced musical finale which would need a theatre the size of Times Square to stage (great lyrics too: "Here in Bavaria/We'll take good care of ya"). Franchot Tone provides the romantic rivalry, Fred Astaire the only discernible dancing ability. Far more enjoyable than it has any right to be.

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