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Director:
Writers:
Allen Rivkin (screenplay) 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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All singing, all dancing, all hokum! See more (36 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 ... Steve - Patch's Assistant
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)
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)
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Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
 
Writing credits
Allen Rivkin (screenplay) and
P.J. Wolfson (screenplay)

James Warner Bellah (book)

Robert Benchley  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 
 
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
Louis Silvers .... 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)

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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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Soundtrack:
Alabama SwingSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
All singing, all dancing, all hokum!, 29 August 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

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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