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Jimmy Harris
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Bubbles
Virginia Field ...
Elinor Harris
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Steve Adams
Maria Ouspenskaya ...
Madame Lydia Basilova
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Sally
Katharine Alexander ...
Miss Olmstead
Edward Brophy ...
Dwarfie Humblewinger
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Judge
Harold Huber ...
Hoboken Gent
Ernest Truex ...
Bailey #1
Chester Clute ...
Bailey #2
Lorraine Krueger ...
Dolly
Lola Jensen ...
Daisy
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Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Heartbreak Behind Gayety of a Girly-Girl Show!

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30 August 1940 (USA)  »

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A Vida é uma Dança  »

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Lucille Ball met her future husband, Desi Arnaz, while she was shooting the picture. On the very day she first met him, she was made-up to look like she had just emerged from a catfight with scratches, a black eye and bandages which resulted in Arnaz not paying much attention to her. The next time he saw her, she was not in costume and he was instantly smitten. See more »

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Bubbles: Listen, squirt! I don't fall in gutters. I pick my spots.
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Jitterbug Bite
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest (as Chester Forrest) and Bob Wright (as Robert Wright)
Sung by Lucille Ball in the Bailey Brothers Burlesque Theater (uncredited)
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Dance, Girl
17 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dance, Girl, Dance, which sounds like a Joan Crawford movie, is not. It features superb dance sequences which exemplify the superior ballet technique and style of the '40s. Vivian Fay is outstanding. Lucille Ball is hot, girl, hot! Who knew our Lucy could be a burlesque queen and skillful dancer, not to mention Maureen O'Hara dancing her socks off with fine ballet technique. I don't think they used a dance double, or did they? I hope not. But who is this choreographer, hitherto unknown? What became of him? He did an excellent pastiche of Leonid Massine's ballets. Why do we have to write so many lines? Don't they know that pithy comments can say so much more? I think the movie dragged as it got soapy, but the emotion was convincing, and I could personally relate to the story of the ballet teacher very much. I had one just like her.


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