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Dancing Feet (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 20 January 1936 (USA)
Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) rescues Judy Jones (Joan Marsh) from a very dull young man, at a sedate party given for her by her multi-millionaire grandfather Silas P. Jones (Purnell Pratt.) Judy... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Jones
Jimmy Cassidy (as Eddie Nugent)
Mabel Henry
Phil Moore
Silas P. Jones
Nick Condos ...
Speciality Dancer
Oliver Groves
Herbert Corthell ...
James P. Burtis ...
Stupe (as Jim Burtis)
Hotel Assistant Manager
Hotel Detective
Hotel Clerk


Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) rescues Judy Jones (Joan Marsh) from a very dull young man, at a sedate party given for her by her multi-millionaire grandfather Silas P. Jones (Purnell Pratt.) Judy refuses to accompany Peyton on a slumming trip to a cheap dance hall, and Peyton dances with several of the dowagers and tells them that Silas is practically dying of scarlet fever. The guests hastily depart and Joan joins Peyton at the Dreamland Dance Hall. She is mistaken by Jimmy Cassidy (Edward J. Nugent) as one of the hostesses and decides to dance with him as a lark. One thing follows another and Judy gets disinherited and takes a job at the dance hall through Jimmy and his friend Mabel(Isabel Jewell.) Jimmy confides to Judy his ambition to become a dance instructor over the radio and Judy decides to help him but can't get the needed financial backing. She gets Peyton to front the money, promising him she will reconsider his offer of marriage if Jimmy's plan fails. The dance school of the air... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

20 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Frenesia di danze  »

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| (edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Two nitrate prints of this film survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and neither one is listed for preservation. See more »


Remade as Melody and Moonlight (1940) See more »


Dancing Feet
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
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Dancing Lessons Over the Radio?
21 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edward Nugent is Jimmy, a dance-crazed guy who works only to take dance lessons. At a dance hall, he meets an heiress named Judy (Joan Marsh) who tells him she works there. After her grandfather pitches a fit, she runs away and gets a real job at the dance hall and becomes pals with Mabel (Isabel Jewell). Society pal Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) knows about the secret but plays along.

When Jimmy pitches his dance lessons show to a radio executive, the idea bizarrely goes over. But as Jimmy and Judy put on their show, the grandfather uses his money to have the broadcast cut off. What will Jimmy and Judy do next? The closing dance sequence, showing all the different people tap dancing like mad is excellent. There's a cook dancing all over his kitchen, including on top of a stew pot. There's a crazed woman in her bedroom dancing up a storm. There's a portly middle-aged couple who throw back the rug and start tapping.

Ben Lyon, is a supporting role here had just about finished his American film career and was soon to move to England to revive it. Nugent, who had also been around since the silents, gets a chance to sing here as well as dance. Isabel Jewell steals all her scenes, and Joan Marsh is adequate.

Co-stars include Purnell Pratt, Vince Barnett, Lillian Harmer, James Burke, Herbert Rawlinson, Grace Hayle, Harry Bradley, and a very young Lloyd Bridges among the night club dancers.

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