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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

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

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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dancer | jail | director | burlesque | producer | See more »


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24 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A táncoló hölgy  »

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$923,055 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eve Arden (as Eunice Quadens) appears in the theatre lobby yelling at her agent about auditioning for "the southern part." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

My Dancing Lady
(1933)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Arthur Jarrett (uncredited)
Danced by Joan Crawford (uncredited) and chorus
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MGM goes to 42nd Street, sort of
15 May 2001 | by (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Where else are you going to see Joan Crawford dancing to the accompaniment of The Three Stooges? Add to that Winnie Lightner with a Shirley Temple hairdo doing a striptease, Fred Astaire in his screen premiere and enough Art Deco to fill a warehouse.

However, for those used to the Warner Brothers musicals of that time, "Dancing Lady" does have its drawbacks. The pace is a good bit slower (over 90 minutes with only two complete musical numbers!) and the choreography has little of the saucy snap Berkeley was providing at the WB. Joan Crawford isn't as bad in the Terpsichore department as everyone has said, even holding her own against Astaire. The drawbacks are the songs which are putrid. The Astaire-Crawford number is "Let's Go Bavarian" as they sing about the glories of beer! One can only hope Hitler saw it and got indigestion. MGM does have one advantage over the more famous competition; Clark Gable, who brings a good bit more heat to the screen than Warner Baxter. One pre-code moment: in the last musical number historical figures march through an arch which turns them into modern characters. A knight in armor goes under and turns into a mincing handkerchief-waver!


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