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Go Into Your Dance (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Musical | 20 April 1935 (USA)
Al Howard may be a star on Broadway, but he is no longer welcomed by any producer. It seems that he just trots off to Mexico any time he wants causing shows to close and producers to lose ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy 'Dot' Wayne
Molly Howard
Duke Hutchinson (as Barton Mac Lane)
Irma 'Toledo' Knight
Mexican in La Cucaracha Cantina
Luana Wells
Nellie Lahey (Blonde Showgirl) (as Sharon Lynne)
Drunk in La Cucaracha Cantina
Phil Regan ...
Eddie 'Teddy' Rio
Gordon Westcott ...
William B. Davidson ...
Tom McGee (as William Davidson)
Café Showgirl
Joseph Crehan ...
H.P. Jackson


Al Howard may be a star on Broadway, but he is no longer welcomed by any producer. It seems that he just trots off to Mexico any time he wants causing shows to close and producers to lose money. When his sister Molly can no longer find Al work, she teams him up with talented Dorothy for a club date in Chicago. Flush with another success, Al wants to open his own club on Broadway, so he borrows money from a gangster to open the show. Al has Dorothy, who he ignores, the gangsters dough and the gangster's sweetie Luana. All he has to do is keep them all happy, but Luana wants Al. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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20 April 1935 (USA)  »

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Casino de Paris  »

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Following the sensational success of Columbia's The Jolson Story (1946), Warner Bros. decided that Jolson's revived fame was a good reason to reissue this film. Although there were no changes or censor cuts, Warners did make up new opening credits, which added the famous later Warner "fanfare" and gave Jolson solo over-the-title billing. (Originally he and Keeler had both been starred. She was now listed in smaller print, with the rest of the supporting cast.) Additionally, the studio added a written prologue to make sure audiences knew that the story was set back in the long-ago and far-away time of 1935. See more »


Molly Howard, aka Lucille Thompson: What happened?
Dorothy Wayne: Well, man meets girl, girl meets husband, husband meets man, man meets sidewalk.
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Spoofed in The CooCoo Nut Grove (1936) See more »


(1935) (uncredited)
aka "Spain"
Music by Harry Warren
Danced to by Ruby Keeler at the Casino De Paree
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He's Back on Broadway
21 April 2001 | by (Kissimmee, Florida) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** ***SPOILERS*** "Go Into Your Dance" (Warner Brothers, 1935), directed by Archie L. Mayo, with choreography by Bobby Connolly, is a flimsy but highly entertaining show-biz musical that became the only film collaboration of the Jolsons, Al and Ruby Keeler. Like most Jolson movies of that period, "Go Into Your Dance" starts off with good comedy and wisecracks, and during its final half hour or so, changes to melodrama. In spite of mood swings, the changes don't hurt the continuity in any way. Jolson appears to be more at ease with his comical one-liners and is much improved here as an actor during the more serious moments. Keeler gets to sing one song but she gets plenty of opportunity to go into her dancing.

Opening title: "BROADWAY: The street of ups and downs, where show business in 1935 was in top speed. Story: Al Howard (Al Jolson), is an irresponsible and egotistic entertainer responsible for his Broadway shows closing by not appearing. Al's sister, Molly (Glenda Farrell) comes to the Actors Equity Association with the assurance that this will be Al's last time that he will ever desert a show, but she is told by the producers that he is finished on Broadway. Molly manages to get her old friend, Dorothy Wayne (Ruby Keeler), a dancer, to team up with Al in hope her partnership with Al will lead up to his comeback. Dorothy agrees and she and Al become successful for the next several months appearing at Brown's St. Ledger Roof Garden. While Al treats Dorothy like a "kid," and philanders with other women, especially chorus girls, Dorothy, who resents being treated this way, unwittingly falls in love with Al and decides to leave the act. But Molly persuades Dorothy to remain and arranges to hire Duke Hutchinson (Barton MacLane), an underworld financier, to back Al's new night club engagement, The Casino De Paree, in New York. In the meantime, Al, who considers himself "God's gift to women," becomes entangled with Luana Wells (Helen Morgan), a blues singer who happens to be Duke's wife wanting to also make a comeback on Broadway by appearing at the Casino De Paree. But before opening night, Al is told by Dorothy, after receiving a phone call, that his sister Molly is in jail for murder which she didn't do. Al then must decide whether to take the show's $30,000 to help Molly by bailing her out, or go on with the show as planned, or else if he doesn't, the Duke will have his thugs waiting for Al outside to bump him off.

Patsy Kelly, not mentioned in the above synopsis, provides true comedy relief in appearing in three separate scenes with Jolson actually unrelated to the plot as if she were added in at the last minute to boost up some comedy. In spite all, it helps the continuity along. Kelly is a laugh riot and not to be missed. Glenda Farrell, featured as Jolson's sister, known best for usually playing a wisecracking and fast-talking gold-digger, gets her chance on film to play a basically straight character. Farrell only has one scene that does involve comedy which takes place on a train where she encounters a British passenger (Arthur Treacher) after accidentally dipping him with ink. She even gets her chance to wear stylish wardrobes and fur coat.

Great tunes by Harry Warren and Al Dubin include: "Cielito Lindo" (written by Elpidio Ramirez and sung in Spanish by Jolson); "A Good Old-Fashioned Cocktail" (sung/danced by Ruby Keeler and chorus); "Mammy, I'll Sing About You" (Jolson); "About a Quarter to Nine," "Swanee River" (by Stephen Foster, sung briefly by Jolson in black-face); "The Little Things You Used to Do" (sung by Helen Morgan); "Casino De Paree," "She's a Latin From Manhattan," "Go Into Your Dance" and a reprise finish to "About a Quarter to Nine" (all sung by Jolson, the final two songs done in black-face). During a night club sequence earlier in the story, there is an underscoring by a band to the tune, "'Cause My Baby Says It's So," but is never sung in the story. Possibly an intended song for this movie but scrapped before release. That song would finally get to be heard, and introduced by Dick Powell in "The Singing Marine" (WB, 1937). Also in the cast are Akim Tamiroff, Sharon Lynn, Phil Regan and Gordon Westcott. While Benny Rubin gets screen credit, I didn't see him. Possibly his scenes landed on the cutting room floor. But I did recognize former silent screen actress, Mary Carr, famous for sentimental mother roles, in a bit as a wardrobe woman.

"Go Into Your Dance," available for viewing on Turner Classic Movies, is 89 minutes of solid entertainment, recommended for 1930s musical lovers. And as Jolson would say whenever being truthful and sincere, "A word of a Howard." (***1/2)

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