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Roseland (1930)

Approved | | Short, Musical | September 1930 (USA)
A pretty dance hall girl is looking for the right guy.


Roy Mack


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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Etting ... Helen Leslie
Donald Cook ... Jack (as Donn Cook)


Helen is a taxi dancer at Roseland, a Manhattan club. That night she plans to enter a singing contest Roseland is hosting on the radio. Her dad, a servant at a household where her boyfriend is the chauffeur, has been ill, so she stops by to see him where he works. While there, she sits with her beau in the back seat of the town car and drops her Roseland ID card, which Jack, the heir to the family fortune, finds on his way to town for the evening. He goes slumming at the Roseland to return the ID. He likes Helen at first sight, setting up a choice Helen may have to make between the wealthy Jack and the chauffeur. With that choice on her mind, she enters the contest. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Musical








Release Date:

September 1930 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film short is available as an extra in the Warner DVD of Love Me or Leave Me (1955). See more »


Although Ruth Etting's character is called Helen Leslie throughout the film, on her Roseland employee card that Jack finds, the handwritten name appears to be Helen Lester. See more »


Marty, the Chauffeur: Say, what's that you got under your arm, there, Helen? Music?
Helen Leslie: Ah-huh. We're having an Opportunity Contest at Roseland tonight and everybody with a voice will be given a chance to sing over the radio.
Marty, the Chauffeur: Gee, I'd love to hear you sing it.
Helen Leslie: Oh, but, I'm nervous about going on the air.
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References Noah's Ark (1928) See more »


Telling It to the Daisies
Music by Harry Warren
First tune played at Roseland
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No Ten Cents A Dance?
9 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm guessing that Jack Warner did not want to lay out the bucks to pay for the song Ten Cents A Dance for Ruth Etting to leave for posterity. The same year as this short subject came out, Etting made that Rodgers&Hart song a classic on Broadway in Simple Simon. It seems bizarre to me that the song she made such a hit about a dime a dance girl would not be in a short subject where she plays one. A year later Barbara Stanwyck for Columbia starred in a film entitled Ten Cents A Dance.

Had she done her hit record in this film I might have rated it a notch higher. As it is the chance to hear and see Ruth Etting should not be missed. Her numbers Dancing With Tears In My Eyes and Let Me Sing And I'm Happy. The latter Jack Warner did own it being introduced by Al Jolson in Mammy which was a Warner Brothers film.

Roseland has a basic triangle plot involving Ruth a dance hall girl at Roseland, her boyfriend Jimmy Granger who works as a chauffeur and Donald Cook the guy Granger chauffeurs.

Other than Etting's singing, nothing terribly special about Roseland.

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