Dancing in the Dark (1949)

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Conceited actor Emery Slade, on a mission to recruit a Broadway star for Fox, picks unknown Julie Clarke instead.



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Complete credited cast:
Mark Stevens ...
Bill Davis
Julie Clarke
Melville Crossman
Rosalie Brooks
Lloyd Corrigan ...
John Barker
Hope Emerson ...
Mrs. Schlaghammer
Walter Catlett ...
Joe Brooks
Barney Bassett
Jean Hersholt


Conceited film star Emery Slade was on top in 1932; in 1949, he's broke and still insufferable. Fox producer Crossman enlists Slade's aid to persuade broadway star Rosalie Brooks to star in the film "Bandwagon." But when Slade meets Julie Clarke, his assistant's onetime girlfriend, he decides she, not Rosalie, should get the part. No one can fathom his motives for this apparently selfless act, but there are a few tricks in the old fox yet...and he'll need them all. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

22 March 1950 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Dans i mörker  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crossman's office is a replica of producer Darryl F. Zanuck's. See more »


Mrs. Schlaghammer: You! You! Just who do you think you are?
Emery Slade: I know who I am, Mrs. Schlaghammer. What's more, I know who my father was. And that, around here, is a unique distinction.
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References The Snake Pit (1948) See more »


20th Century-Fox Fanfare
Music by Alfred Newman
Played when the newspaper headlines are shown
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Wait For "The Band Wagon"
19 February 2010 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

A forerunner of "The Band Wagon", "Dancing In The Dark" is a flop. It is strictly for die-hard Wm. Powell fans, for whom their idol can do no wrong. This potboiler of a picture does a lot of wrong, however, and lacks the charm and vitality of its descendant.

Sorely missed is the terrific score of Schwartz & Dietz and the songs that are included are mishandled. The storyline plods along as though the screenwriters struggled to stay awake. The picture is further sabotaged by the boy/girl leads, who are 'B' actors and lack charisma and glamor. Mark Stevens is colorless and Betsy Drake is a wallflower and detract from the overall effectiveness of the story.

The only reason to watch it is for the always dapper and magnetic William Powell who carries the film, such as it is, and does the best he can in a thankless part. Adolph Menjou, Walter Catlett and other veteran character actors are on hand to lend whatever help they can give but the cause is a lost one.

This is a picture to watch if you are sick in bed. Put the remote on top of the TV, and you will feel so much better when you get up to change the channel.

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