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:
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 Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) See more »


Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)
Original music by Prince Leleiohoku (song "Kaua i ka Huahua'i (We Two in the Spray)") (1860)
Revised music by Johnny Noble (1929)
Played during the second phone call from Catalina
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Even Wm. Powell fans might want to miss this.
17 December 2001 | by (Moorpark, CA) – See all my reviews

I adore William Powell, and while this movie is not one of his best he does a fair job of portraying an unlikeable, self-centered has-been. Unfortunately, Betsy Drake fails to rise to his level, even if it isn't one of the highest of his career. It's difficult to imagine that Powell's character would look twice at someone as non-descript as Ms. Drake, with a personality akin to lukewarm oatmeal. This part would have benefitted enormously from a Barbara Stanwyck, or another actress with strength. As it is, there is no sizzle, no logical motivation for the course of action, and no empathy between leads. I hate to admit it, but I could only hang in there for 1/2 of the film, and if I couldn't watch Mr. Powell for the full length of time, I highly doubt that any but a truly crazed fan could. Give it a miss.

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