6.3/10
96
11 user 1 critic

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.

Director:

Lothar Mendes

Writers:

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

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue ... See full summary »

Director: Dorothy Arzner
Stars: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Marceline Day
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sexy Texas gal storms her way through life, brawling and boozing until her luck runs out, forcing her to learn the errors of her ways.

Director: John Francis Dillon
Stars: Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mayme and sister Janie are salesgirls in Ginsberg's Department Store. Mayme is in love with store clerk Bill, but Janie tries to steal him from her. Hazel, another salesgirl, is Jean Harlow's first credited role.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Clara Bow, Jean Arthur, James Hall
Hoopla (1933)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A hula dancer at a carnival sets out to seduce the son of the show's manager.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Clara Bow, Preston Foster, Richard Cromwell
Mantrap (1926)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A sexy young manicurist living with her older backwoodsman husband in a small Canadian town finds herself attracted to a young, rich and famous divorce lawyer who comes to town on vacation.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Ernest Torrence, Clara Bow, Percy Marmont
It (1927)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy.

Directors: Clarence G. Badger, Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin
Certificate: Passed Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-cafĂ© setting ... See full summary »

Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Jean Arthur, Clara Bow, Maurice Chevalier
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A sexy young nightclub singer sets her sights on a young man she believes to be a millionaire playboy, although he is in reality only an insurance agent.

Director: Clarence G. Badger
Stars: Clara Bow, Neil Hamilton, Harrison Ford
Certificate: Passed Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A countergirl at a San Diego soda shop has a lot of sailor "boyfriends," but her heart really belongs to a free-spirited gunner, who doesn't want to be tied down to any one woman.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Clara Bow, Fredric March, Harry Green
Wings (1927)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast
Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When British officer Harry resigns from his regiment, he is labeled a coward by his family and friends. Harry receives four white feathers as a mark of a coward. In order to redeem himself ... See full summary »

Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Lothar Mendes, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Clive Brook
Red Hair (1928)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A free-spirited young girl has three middle-aged admirers, each of whom sees her from a completely different perspective. Unknown to her, they also happen to be the guardians of a wealthy young man to whom she is attracted.

Director: Clarence G. Badger
Stars: Clara Bow, Lane Chandler, William Austin
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

circus | See All (1) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curvas Perigosas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed