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Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 30 August 1940 (USA)
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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Madame Lydia Basilova
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Miss Olmstead
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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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(RCA Recording System) (as R C A Recording System)

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Lucille Ball and Maureen O'Hara became inseparable friends while shooting this film, and remained lifelong friends until Ball's death in 1989. O'Hara was having lunch with her when Ball first saw her future husband Desi Arnaz. See more »

Quotes

Bubbles: Listen, squirt! I don't fall in gutters. I pick my spots.
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Soundtracks

Morning Star
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest (as Chester Forrest) and Bob Wright (as Robert Wright)
Sung by an unidentified singer in a nightclub (uncredited)
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I love Maureen!
14 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Of all Maureen O'hara's pictures, this is definitely one of her best. How good would Lucille Ball have been as the streetwise floozy without Maureen's counter-role as a decent and moral girl struggling to overcome obstacles to fulfill her dream of becoming a dancer. Not once does her performance stray into the realm of treacle, her character, though perhaps a little naive never becomes timid to the point where she can't take care of herself in the clutch. She handles Lucy quite admirably in the latter stages of this film. Tis true Lucille Ball does her fair share of scene stealing and her performance is effective, but this is still Maureen's picture all the way. Also good performances by Louis Hayward (his only good role?) and Ralph Bellamy ensure this movie is well worth sitting through.


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