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Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 7 February 1931 (USA)
After the death of her father and loss of the family fortune, Bonnie gets a job as a cub reporter while her brother becomes involved in bootlegging.

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Aurania Rouverol (story), Aurania Rouverol (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Bonnie Jordan
Lester Vail ... Bob Townsend
Cliff Edwards ... Bert Scranton
William Bakewell ... Rodney Jordan
William Holden William Holden ... Stanley Jordan
Clark Gable ... Jake Luva
Earle Foxe ... Wally Baxter (as Earl Foxe)
Purnell Pratt ... Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Hale Hamilton ... Mr. Selby
Natalie Moorhead ... Della
Joan Marsh ... Sylvia
Russell Hopton ... Whitey
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Storyline

After her father Stanley Jordan loses his wealth in market, Bonnie goes to work as a cub reporter. Her brother Rodney is the wheel man in a gangland massacre. Bert, a reporter on Bonnie's paper, is murdered while investigating. Bonnie gets to know gang leader Jake Luva and learns how the gang works and that her brother is involved. By the time it's over her wealthy friend Bob sees how wonderful she is and falls in love with her for good. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danzad, locos, danzad See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In real life, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred on February 14, 1929 while the Stock Exchange Crash happened on October 29, 1929. In this film the Crash occurs first. See more »

Goofs

After Bert Scranton is murdered, a reporter named Kelly is shown typing his story, and he spells "assassin" incorrectly as "assasin." See more »

Quotes

Bonnie: I know, the auction's in full wing... going, going, gawn.
Rodney: It's a tough break being left stranded like this. Why, we're paupers!
Bonnie: [laughs] Well, there's no use crying about it. Buck up! Put on your spurs and gauntlets and give the world a battle.
Bonnie: [she gently, playfully punches his chin] Swat 'em in the eye.
Rodney: Yeah? Just how?
Bonnie: Go to work. I'm not afraid.
Rodney: [sarcastically] You? Why, what could you do? Open up a tea shoppie? "Bonnie Jordan's orange pekoe blend." Go to it.
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Soundtracks

Little White Lies
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played offscreen in the nightclub after Bonnie's dance
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Dancing, fighting, undies, what more could you want?
16 August 2001 | by timmaukSee all my reviews

This is the third Crawford film that I have seen, the others were "Whatever happened to Baby Jane" and "Mildred Pierce". What a beauty she was back then and what a personality too. Much different than the one she would show later in her film career. This movie was a joy to watch.

This is a story about a girl who's wealthy father dies leaving her and brother penniless. She finds a job as a reporter and her brother a job as a bootlegger with the mob. Newcomer Clark Gable plays the head of the mob. Trouble happens and kid brother talks then sister comes running to help, though she has to deal with Gable first. This is the movie that put Gable on the map. It would be the first of nine films they would star together at M-G-M.

The storyline is typical but Crawford and Gable made it good. The supporting cast is good as well. This was Lester Vail's first film(though he only made four more). William Bakewell, playing the brother, was funny when he was telling Bonnie to become a runway model and did that strike a pose! Hello!!

I would recommend this film to anyone who wants a glimpse into Crawford's early work.


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