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Director:
Writers:
Allen Rivkin (screen play) and
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Release Date:
24 November 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Film Debuts of Nelson Eddy and Fred Astaire See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Janie Barlow

Clark Gable ... Patch Gallagher

Franchot Tone ... Tod Newton

May Robson ... Dolly Todhunter - Tod's Grandmother
Winnie Lightner ... Rosette LaRue

Fred Astaire ... Himself
Robert Benchley ... Ward King
Ted Healy and His Stooges
Arthur Jarrett ... Himself (as Art Jarrett)

Grant Mitchell ... Jasper Bradley, Sr.

Nelson Eddy ... Himself
Maynard Holmes ... Jasper Bradley, Jr.

Sterling Holloway ... Pinky - the Show's Author
Gloria Foy ... Vivian Warner

Moe Howard ... Moe - Stagehand

Curly Howard ... Curly - Stagehand (as Jerry Howard)

Larry Fine ... Harry - Pianist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Alden ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Eve Arden ... Marcia - the Southern Actress (uncredited)
Gail Arnold ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lee Bailey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lynn Bari ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bonita Barker ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Kathryn Barnes ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Burlesque Barker (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Pinky's Pal (uncredited)
Esther Brodelet ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edna Callahan ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lorena Carr ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Chambers ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dalie Dean ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Deane ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Dearing ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dale Dee ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Nadine Dore ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Veleda Duncan ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Eleanor Edwards ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Cafe Extra (uncredited)
Fay Estelle ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Muriel Evans ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Kay Gordon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Judge (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Policeman (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edith Haskins ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jean Howard ... Girl with Tod (uncredited)
Peaches Jackson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Isabelle Keith ... Miss Allen - Secretary (uncredited)
Patsy Lee ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Robert Lees ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Leroy ... Burlesque Patron (uncredited)
Jean Malin ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Chicquita Marcia ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Miriam Marlin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Margaret McConnell ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Marcia's Agent (uncredited)
Florine McKinney ... Grace Newton (uncredited)
Jess Mendelson ... Jess (the Dance Director) (uncredited)
Lucille Miller ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Moody ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Man in Bradley Sr.'s Outer Office (uncredited)
Iris Nicholson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Patsy O'Dea ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
May Packer ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jackie Page ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Linda Parker ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Worker (uncredited)
Frances Sawyer ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Geneva Sawyer ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... First Nighter (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Pinky's Pal (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Tod's Friend (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... First Nighter (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Anita Thompson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Irene Thompson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marjorie Timm ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ardelle Unger ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Zelda Webber ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marion Weldon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mary Wilbur ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Man Arrested in Burlesque Theater (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Club Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
 
Writing credits
Allen Rivkin (screen play) and
P.J. Wolfson (screen play)

James Warner Bellah (from the book by)

Robert Benchley  uncredited
Joan Crawford  collaborating writer (uncredited)
Zelda Sears  uncredited

Produced by
John W. Considine Jr. .... associate producer
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Maurice De Packh (uncredited)
Louis Silvers (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Merrill Pye 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Edwin B. Willis .... interior decorator
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Paul Neal .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Slavko Vorkapich .... special effects
 
Stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Fitzgerald .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ted Wurtenberg .... chief electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
W. Donn Hayes .... supervising editor: musical sequences (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sammy Lee .... musical ensembles directed by
Eddie Prinz .... musical ensembles directed by
Louis Silvers .... orchestra conductor (as Lou Silvers)
Wayne Allen .... music arranger (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... music arranger (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... music arranger (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... music arranger (uncredited)
David Snell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sammy Lee .... ensembles director
Eddie Prinz .... ensembles director
Eddie Prinz .... dance instructor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1307-R: 26 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fred Astaire wore his classic top hat and tails this film, his first.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Film Debuts of Nelson Eddy and Fred Astaire, 14 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

By definition any film like Dancing Lady that has the debuts of movie icons Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy is historic. But Dancing Lady is a good, not great film.

It is also one of the few sound films that took advantage of Joan Crawford's dancing talents. Few remember that it was as a dancer that Joan Crawford started in show business. During her silent period Crawford played a few roles as a flapper, but her dramatic talents came to the fore when sound came in. It would be another twenty years before she did a musical role in Torch Song on a return visit to her old studio MGM.

Crawford is an aspiring dancer who's doing some strip teasing at a dive when slumming playboy Franchot Tone spots her. He's interested in her, but she's interested in a career. She auditions for a new Broadway revue that is being directed by Clark Gable.

Despite some misgivings Gable recognizes her talent and is ready to star her. But a few bumps on the road to love and Broadway occur as they do in any musical. It all gets resolved though.

This was one of Franchot Tone's first role in a tuxedo. I guess he looked so good in white tie and tails that Louis B. Mayer starred him in over half his films in a tuxedo. Tone got pretty tired of it and left MGM at the end of decade, but couldn't shake the typecasting for the rest of his life. But he also got Crawford in real life, he became her second husband.

We cannot forget the contributions of that comedic team of Howard, Howard, and Fine who were Ted Healy's three stooges. Dancing Lady is one of the Three Stooges earliest films, Larry in fact had a bit more of a substantial role as a pianist here.

Joan Crawford became the first of a long list of distinguished women of the cinema to dance with Fred Astaire. Though he made his debut here, Louis B. Mayer thought little of him to sign him to a long term contract. Later on he paid dear for Mr. Astaire's services. Fred has a few lines of dialog and two numbers with Crawford.

At least he was smart enough to keep Nelson Eddy, signed fresh from the Metropolitan Opera. After two more bits like this in films, Eddy was co-starred with Jeanette MacDonald in Naughty Marietta and the rest is history. Eddy sings the finale number.

Though Warner Brothers practically had a patent on the backstage musical stuff in the Thirties, Dancing Lady is entertaining enough on its own terms.

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