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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Judy O'Brien
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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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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30 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida é uma Dança  »

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(RCA Recording System) (as R C A Recording System)

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Roy Del Ruth was originally assigned to direct, but he quit over creative differences with producer Erich Pommer, so Dorothy Arzner was assigned the job. See more »

Quotes

Judy O'Brien: Go on, laugh, get your money's worth. No-one's going to hurt you. I know you want me to tear my clothes off so you can look your fifty cents' worth. Fifty cents for the privilege of staring at a girl the way your wives won't let you. What do you suppose we think of you up here with your silly smirks your mothers would be ashamed of? We know it'd the thing of the moment for the dress suits to come and laugh at us too. We'd laugh right back at the lot of you, only we're paid to let you sit there ...
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Soundtracks

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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Enjoyable and a bit like "Old Acquaintance" combined with "Showgirls".
8 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In some ways, the plot to "Dance, Girl, Dance" is a lot of nonsense. After all, if you are looking for a realistic movie that could happen on this planet, you'd better keep looking. However, if you can accept the film for the campy picture that it is, it is quite enjoyable.

The film begins with a dance troop. Their performance is interrupted by a police raid and they appear to be out of work when a nice guy (Louis Hayward) encourages the patrons to pay the girls for that show. He then shows a lot of interest in Judy (Maureen O'Hara), but the super self-absorbed Bubbles (Lucille Ball) steals the guy and goes off on a date with him. Although the date turns out to be a bit of a bust, this is the pattern that would continue throughout the film. In other words, although Judy is a nice person and the most talented dancer, Bubbles would routinely step in and hog all the glory. And, in the world of dancing, Bubbles ego-centrism really helps her make a splash with a new job--doing a dance that is only a step or two better than being a stripper. Later, she gets Judy a job--but only in a very subordinate role which is meant to be laughed at by the audience! There is far, far more to the movie than this.

The best way to describe it is to compare it to two movies--one old, one rather new. It reminds me of a Bette Davis/Miriam Hopkins film called "Old Acquaintance". The two are friends but repeatedly, the one 'friend' takes all the glory and treats her friend poorly. This continues throughout the film until finally the put-upon friend has had enough and she realizes that this friendship just isn't worth it--and finally tells her off. The other film is "Showgirls". While I've never seen all of this trashy film, the behind the scenes backstabbing and egos are clearly evident in both films. Overall, "Dance, Girl, Dance" is entertaining and the ending is pretty satisfying. However, don't expect a film that is particularly realistic or that seems even remotely plausible--though both actresses did a nice job in their respective roles.


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