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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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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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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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Ted Healy is actually credited as "Ted Healy and His Stooges," but because The Three Stooges are also credited individually later (as Stagehands), he is listed just as 'Ted Healy'.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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Soundtrack:
(That's The) Rhythm of the DaySee more »

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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
MGM jumps on that 42nd Street bandwagon, 2 May 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Like the other studios, MGM wasted no time cashing in on the success of 42nd Street with its own backstage musical, complete with ersatz Busby Berkeley choreography. This one is "Dancing Lady," and she's young Joan Crawford costarring with Franchot Tone and Clark Gable. A dancer named Fred Astaire makes his official film debut, and Nelson Eddy pops in for a song.

Crawford is an ambitious dancer being pursued by a rich boyfriend (Tone), but she's blinded by the footlights of Broadway. He helps her out by getting her into a show directed by tough guy Gable, and when he sees her talent and perseverance, he gives her the "top spot" in the show. Of course, he's attracted to her, too, and she to him.

It's easy for all of them to be attracted to one another because they're all gorgeous. 30 years after this film, Franchot Tone would play a dying President in "Advise and Consent"...and look it. Here he's a smooth dazzler in his top hat, tails, brilliant smile and dimples. Gable is muscular, sexy, and rough around the edges. Crawford sparkles with her athletic figure, beautiful legs, and surely a pair of the most spellbinding eyes ever in film. She is perfection in her Adrian outfits. Though she does well in her big number with Astaire, Crawford really was from the Ruby Keeler School of Hoofing - lots of arms, big steps, and a ton of noise. The musical itself - uh, "Dancing Lady" - is tuneful and pleasant, and its spectacular finale gives one the impression that Louis B screamed for the kitchen sink - Berkeley-type choreography, a Nelson Eddy solo, and Astaire.

It's wonderful to see these stars so young and energetic, and they are all great to watch. Look for an uncredited appearance by a blond Eve Arden and Lynn Bari somewhere in the chorus. Lots of fun from MGM.

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