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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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Burlesque to Broadway See more (41 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 ... Fred Astaire

Robert Benchley ... Ward King
Ted Healy and His Stooges ... Ted Healy's Stooges
Arthur Jarrett ... Art Jarrett (as Art Jarrett)

Grant Mitchell ... Jasper Bradley, Sr.

Nelson Eddy ... Nelson Eddy
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)
Earl Blackwell ... Dancer (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)
Elizabeth Cooke ... 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)
Tom Mahoney ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Jean Malin ... Chorus Girl (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:
UK:A | 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:
This film's television premiere in New York City took place Monday 5 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Los Angeles it first aired 25 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 21 June 1960 on KGO (Channel 7).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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Movie Connections:
Edited into Yellow Submarine (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
Let's Go BavarianSee more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Burlesque to Broadway, 6 October 2001
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

"Dancing Lady" (MGM, 1933), directed by Robert Z. Leonard, with David O. Selznick credited as executive producer, became MGM's introduction into the new cycle of backstage musicals that began with "42nd Street," "Gold Diggers of 1933" and "Footlight Parade," all for Warner Brothers. But what makes this particular backstage story stand apart from the others is the casting of its leading players in offbeat roles. First there is Joan Crawford as Janie Barlowe, a burlesque dancer who not only struggles to succeed, but strives for success. In spite of her wanting to become a dancer, she gets very little screen time in doing so. And when she does dance, it appears more strange than different from the usual dancing style of others. Second, there is Clark Gable as Patch Gallagher, the director of stage musicals with a rough exterior and a kind heart, but tries not to show it. With this being the fourth Crawford and Gable pairing, the two work quite well together, and it shows on screen. But any movie that has The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Jerry "Curly" Howard); Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy as themselves performing in the stage numbers; Winnie Lightner, formerly of Warner Brothers, appearing in her sole venture at MGM , as Rosette Henrietta LaRue, occupation "hip swinging," along with some bizarre production numbers, one presenting Joan Crawford in long blonde pig tails and Fred Astaire in mustache, both unrecognizable dancing in Bavarian clothes, is worth seeing at all costs.

The plot is simple: Set in New York City, 1933, a burlesque theater where Janie Barlowe (Joan Crawford) is performing, is raided by the police, sending all the employees who are unable to pay the fine, to serve thirty days in jail. One of the patrons, Tod Newton (Franchot Tone), a millionaire playboy with limited morals and overabundance of girlfriends, comes to court and takes an interest in Janie. He decides to not only bail her out of jail, but offers her marriage. But Janie, determined to succeed as a dancer, chances her odds by taking Tod's second offer, by accepting a job in the chorus in one of Patch Gallagher's (Clark Gable) musical shows, which Tod is backing. At first things are a little rough for Janie when she tries to get through an audition, having Gallagher's assistant, Steve (Ted Healy) and Stooges (Moe, Larry and Jerry, a/k/a Curly) giving her the "brush off" before Steve comes to realize that Janie really does have plenty of talent and convinces Patch to hire her. The rest becomes cliché from there, with little conviction, but above all else, "Dancing Lady" in its 92 minutes, became a box office success and helped to boost Crawford's then sagging career. But unlike the Warner Brothers entries, "Dancing Lady" had very little exposure on local television revivals over the past few decades, but with the help of MGM/UA Video and cable's Turner Classic Movies, where it is shown frequently, it can be rediscovered by a new generation of movie lovers or curiosity seekers.

Songs featured include: "Hey, Young Fella" (sung by chorus); "Hold Your Man" (sung by Winnie Lightner), by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown; "Everything I Have Is Yours" (sung by Art Jarrett) by Harold Adamson and Burton Lane; "My Dancing Lady" (sung by Jarrett during rehearsals) by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh; "Tango Dance," "Heigh Ho, the Gang's All Here" (sung by chorus/ with Joan Crawford and Fred Astaire); "Let's Go Bavarian" (chorus/ Crawford and Astaire) both by Adamson and Lane; "That's the Rhythm of the Day" (sung by Nelson Eddy) by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; and "My Dancing Lady" (sung by chorus).

The production numbers, directed by Sammy Lee and Eddie Prinz, try not to duplicate the choreography of Busby Berkeley over at Warners. Aside from only one overhead camera shot, the camera virtually remains focused from the audience point-of-view. The finale, however, with chorus girls riding on a carousel that forms some unusual mirror effects, is quite clever, but otherwise, the staged show comes off with four brief musical segments with an orchestral score coming in loud and clear and sounding like ragtime from the 1920s. A stage number that was deleted from the final print of "Dancing Lady" can be seen in one of MGM's musical short subjects, that sometimes plays on TCM's ONE REEL WONDERS.

In the supporting cast are May Robson as Dolly Todhunter, Tod's hard-of-hearing grandmother; Robert Benchley as Ward King, a critic; Gloria Foy as Vivian Warner; with Sterling Holloway, Maynard Holmes and Grant Mitchell. Along with lavish sets, "Dancing Lady" presents some risqué dialog and scenes (such as Crawford getting a pat on her "fanny" by Gable, with her response being, "Thank you!"), that tries to outdo the daring-dos at Warners, and almost succeeds. There is even a kissing scene between Crawford and Tone in the swimming pool from under water. Aside from this being the movie debuts of future stars, Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy, there is Art Jarrett, another newcomer who sings like future tenor, Dennis Day, but never made it to immortality. In conclusion, one has to have a quick eye to find future movie and TV comedienne Eve Arden as Marcia, the phony Southern actress, appearing in a brief bit. (***)

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