Dancing Lady (1933)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Comedy, Romance  |  24 November 1933 (USA)
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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
Robert Benchley ...
Ward King
Ted Healy and His Stooges
Arthur Jarrett ...
Himself (as Art Jarrett)
Jasper Bradley, Sr.
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?


When Franchot Tone reads the program for the play, the cast listed therein includes the real names of all the performers except Joan Crawford, whose character name is listed. Even the chorus girls are listed by their real names. 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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My Dancing Lady
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Arthur Jarrett (uncredited)
Danced by Joan Crawford (uncredited) and chorus
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Joan Crawford & Clark Gable Are Fantastic Together
23 September 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

"Dancing Lady" is a breezy & enjoyable backstage musical, a vehicle for Joan Crawford, co-starring Clark Gable & Fred Astaire. Crawford & Gable are fantastic together.

Brilliantly directed by Robert Z Leonard, the film swiftly moves from a burlesque setting to Broadway as Crawford chases Gable, and ends ecstatically with a grand Busby Berkeleyish number with Astaire.

Nelson Eddy & The Three Stooges make an early intriguing appearance.

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