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Dangerous Curves (1929)

A young bareback rider in a circus is in love with a trapeze artist, but he has two problems: he drinks too much and he's fallen under the spell of a "vamp" who's nothing but trouble for him.


Lothar Mendes


Lester Cohen (story), Donald Davis (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Clara Bow ... Pat Delaney
Richard Arlen ... Larry Lee
Kay Francis ... Zara Flynn
David Newell ... Tony Barretti
Anders Randolf ... Colonel P.P. Brack
May Boley May Boley ... Ma Spinelli
T. Roy Barnes ... Po Spinelli
Joyce Compton ... Jennie Silver
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Spider
Stuart Erwin ... Rotarian
Jack Luden ... Rotarian
Oscar Smith Oscar Smith ... Black Train Porter


A young bareback rider in a circus is in love with a trapeze artist, but he has two problems: he drinks too much and he's fallen under the spell of a "vamp" who's nothing but trouble for him.

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see- CLARA BOW'S "DANGEROUS CURVES" and HEAR her talk! (Print Ad- St. Lawrence Plaindealer, ((Canton, NY)) 15 October 1929)









Release Date:

13 July 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curvas Perigosas See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the earliest of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. See more »


diner counter clerk: What'll you have?
Larry Lee: Nothing for me.
Pat Delaney: Two fried eggs turned over on toast, some wheat cakes, some donuts, and a big pot of coffee with milk.
diner counter clerk: [to the kitchen] Adam and Eve on a raft, face down; chest protectors, sinkers - a pair.
kitchen hand: Comin' up!
Pat Delaney: And if I think of anything else, I'll sing out.
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Losing It
5 August 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

For her second talking film appearance, Paramount presented Clara Bow (as Pat Delaney) in the audience pleasing "circus" genre, with a "Wings" co-star, Richard Arlen (as Larry Lee). Although the formula seemed like a blockbuster in the making, the film was disappointing. Bow is cast in an inappropriate, and dull, "change of pace" role. She is unconvincing as the demure girl who becomes a "high wire" circus star. At one point, we are expected to believe Bow's pleasingly plump figure passes for Mr. Arlen, in a clown costume, on the high wire! Arlen is also unconvincing, playing the tending to be tipsy alcoholic "King of the High Wire". Kay Francis (as Zara Flynn) rounds out the expected "love triangle". Bow's "stand around and wait" attempt to pry Arlen's interests from Ms. Francis' arms is uncharacteristic.

On the plus side, the cast and crew put some obvious effort into a sound production.

The "Dangerous Curves" referred to in the title are plainly stated as Arlen's trials and tribulations with job, alcohol, and women. So, the film's content may have been altered to focus on Arlen, then a lesser box office star than Bow. Still, it was a Bow film, and audiences undoubtedly bought tickets to see Clara Bow's "Dangerous Curves". And, as a Bow starring vehicle, "Dangerous Curves" was a modest success. For the year 1928-29, Clara Bow was the US #1 "Box Office Star", according to the industry standard list compiled by Quigley Publications. After "Dangerous Curves", box office receipts declined sharply. Suddenly, Clara Bow's reign was over.

*** Dangerous Curves (7/13/29) Lothar Mendes ~ Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Kay Francis

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