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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Vinton ...
Bulger - Ounce's Bodyguard
Johnny Harris - Songwriter
Train Conductor
Billings - Ounce's Secretary
Leila Bennett ...
Laura - Matilda's Maid
Harold Ellsworthy Todd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bess Flowers ...
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Multi-millionaire Ezra Ounce wants to start a campaign against 'filthy' forms of entertainment, like Broadway-Shows. He comes to his relatives families and makes them members of his morale-boosting campaign. But Jimmy, another relative is producing a show, starring Ezra's niece Barbara. But he had bad luck with his backer, this person has given him an invalid check. Another of his victims, the show-girl Mabel has the idea of blackmailing Horace, Barbara's father, whom she has met before in a slightly compromising situation to get the money. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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1 September 1934 (USA)  »

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Abbasso le donne  »

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In the "Dames" number, Dick Powell as a Broadway producer doesn't want to see composer George Gershwin, but when asked by his secretary about seeing Miss Dubin, Miss Warren and Miss Kelly, he lets them enter his office. This is an inside joke, referring to Al Dubin and Harry Warren, who wrote the music for this film, and Orry-Kelly, who was the costume designer. See more »


While Joan Blondell is singing "The Girl at the Ironing Board", a stage hand is seen in the background hanging a clothesline. See more »


Mabel: Beat it, Buttercup.
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Spoofed in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) See more »


Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played as background music when the scene is in Buffalo, New York
Reprised by the chorus in the show
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It may not be as grand as Gold Diggers of 1933, 42nd Street and Footlight Parade but Dames is still super fun
4 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Anybody who loved those three films, or anything involving Busby Berkeley, will find plenty to be delighted by in Dames. The plot is very slight and can be painfully contrived as well (not that that is a surprise, there are a lot of musicals where the story is the weak point) and Hugh Herbert was for me annoying, as another reviewer says he was an acquired taste. Dames is very well-made and still holds up beautifully now, the highlight being the kaleidoscopic photography in I've Only Got Eyes For You which has a real dream-like quality. Even when not at his best or most dazzling, like in My Forgotten Man from Gold Diggers of 1933 and By the Waterfall from Footlight Parade, Berkeley still delivers on the spectacle front. The costumes and sets are sumptuous to say the least. The songs are great, especially the infectious title number and the sublime I've Only Got Eyes For You, and the choreography has a lot of spirit and pizazz (in the case of I've Only Got Eyes For You it's imaginative too, where else would you find a whole chorus of Ruby Keelers?), so on the musical and choreographic front Dames is pretty sensational. The script has a lot of sparkling wit and the film has a lot of energy that rarely lulls. The direction is efficient and not too overblown or static, if more in the production numbers than the more dramatic parts. The cast mostly are great, especially from a terrifically funny Joan Blondell and a hilariously wacky ZaSu Pitts. Ruby Keeler may not have ever been the greatest dancer or actress(singer as well) and doesn't have a lot to do here, she also overdoes some of the drama at times, but she is still immensely charming and adorable with a smile that can make one's heart melt and brings a lot of enthusiasm to her role. Believe it or not, this film features some of her best dancing as well. Dick Powell is handsome and just as charming, he sings with a very pleasant tone too. On the whole, not Busby Berkeley at his best but still super fun and definitely well worth seeing. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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