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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Bonnie Jordan
... Bob Townsend
... Bert Scranton
... Rodney Jordan
William Holden ... Stanley Jordan
... Jake Luva
Earle Foxe ... Wally Baxter (as Earl Foxe)
... Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
... Mr. Selby
... Della
... Sylvia
... 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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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7 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Danzad, locos, danzad  »

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Trivia

This is the first of eight films that starred Joan Crawford and Clark Gable. 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

Jake Luva: [obviously taken with Bonnie] You got me going, sister.
Bonnie: Can I depend on it?
Jake Luva: In a big way.
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Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Accordion Joe
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Cornell Smelser
Played in the nightclub and Danced by Joan Crawford and chorus
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Mad, silly fun from the Jazz Age!
1 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Don't listen to fuddy-duddy critics on this one, this is a gem! Young rich Joan and her brother find themselves penniless after their father dies - and now they have to work for a living! She, naturally, becomes a reporter, and he, just as naturally, a driver for the mob! By wild co-incidences their careers meet head on, thanks to gangster Clark Gable. In the meantime there is the chance for a moonlight underwear swim for a bunch of pretty young things and for Joan to do a couple of risque dance numbers (with all the grace of a steam-shovel).

But none of this is supposed to be taken seriously - it's all good fun from those wonderful pre-code days, when Hollywood was really naughty. Joan looks great, and displays much of the emotional range that would give her career such longevity (thank God she stopped the dancing!). Gable is remarkable as a slimy gangster - he wasn't a star yet and so didn't have to be the hero. Great to see him playing something different. And William Bakewell is excellent as the poor confused brother. And there are some great montages and tracking shots courtesy of director Harry Beaumont, who moves the piece on with a cracking pace - and an occasional wink to the audience! Great fun!


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