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The Unfinished Dance (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 19 September 1947 (USA)
Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play... See full summary »

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'Meg' Merlin
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La Darina
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Mr. Paneros
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Olga
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Mr. Ronsell
Harry Hayden ...
Murphy
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Josie (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
Connie Cornell ...
Phyllis
Ruth Brady ...
Charles Bradstreet ...
Fred Carleton
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Mme. Borodin
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Jacques Lacoste (as Gregory Gay)
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Storyline

Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play the lead in the school's production of "Swan Lake." So on opening night, Meg arranges an accident which nearly kills Darina and ends her dancing career. As a result, Bouchet becomes a star, while Meg is torn with guilt. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Romance! Spectacle! Music! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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19 September 1947 (USA)  »

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Ballerina  »

Box Office

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$2,989,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to studio records, this film lost $1,797,000 for MGM ($19.4M in 2016 dollars). This was the first film produced by Joe Paternak at MGM to lose money. See more »

Goofs

When Meg is running out of the locker room right after the "accident", a moving shadow of the boom microphone and cable can be seen on a pillar in the background. See more »

Quotes

Mlle. Ariane Bouchet: Why Meg, you're trembling. Are you cold?
'Meg' Merlin: No, Mademoiselle, it's from you're holding my hand.
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Connections

Remake of La mort du cygne (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 2
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A movie that changed my life.
20 January 2000 | by (Indiana,Pa.) – See all my reviews

I am a grandma now, but as a five year old, I viewed this movie in a very small town theater. After I saw this movie with a five year old's eyes, I not only wanted to be a ballerina, but I wanted to be Margaret O'Brien. Not being able to have dance lessons, I danced on my own. My aunt made me a beautiful outfit, and I was in heaven. Now, move ahead 20 years. I have a daughter who wanted to dance, and of course I sent her for lessons. She is now a very successful, and talented dance teacher. I would love for her to see this movie, but I don't know where, or how to get it. This movie has not only been an influence on one generation, but on two. I wish there were more movies of this calaber. Simple, but oh so good.


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