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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

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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

Bert Scranton: [advising Bonnie on being a reporter] You'll learn, kid. Clearness, condensation. Where, what, when, and why... that's the idea. Say, don't let those guys on the copy desk bother ya. They're just a lot of butchers at heart. Why, you know what they'd do if they got a chance?
Bonnie: What?
Bert Scranton: They'd cut the Lord's Prayer down to a one line squib. You know, "now I lay me down to sleep."
[Bonnie laughs]
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Connections

Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Free and Easy
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Played in the nightclub as dance music
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Primarily for fans of both precode cinema and Joan Crawford
18 April 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This is not a great precode, but it's good enough to keep your interest, particularly if you are fans of Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, or even Cliff Edwards. As others have already mentioned, it is historical for being the initial teaming of Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, although Gable is sixth or seventh billed at this point. Don't expect Gable the gallant cad in this one - here he is pure cad.

The film is largely an unremarkable morality tale about the follies of the very wealthy spoiling their children even into adulthood to the point where they complain about having to "get up in the middle of the night (9 AM) to eat breakfast.", which are the sentiments of the two Jordan children. When Wall Street crashes, dad dies from the shock and Bonnie Jordan (Joan Crawford) and her brother are left penniless. Bonnie chooses to break into newspaper reporting, but her brother chooses a less honest option which brings him into contact with Gable the gangster. After her close friend, reporter Bert Scranton (Cliff Edwards), is shot to death, Bonnie decides to go undercover as a dancer at Gable's nightclub to try to get to the bottom of the murder. She solves the crime, but at great personal cost.

The best parts of this film are watching Joan Crawford in a dance number and watching the great chemistry Crawford and Gable have together. You get bigger doses of Crawford and Gable together in "Possessed", which was made later this same year - 1931. Joan Crawford was already a big star at this point. As for Clark Gable, he has to wait until he manhandles Norma Shearer in "A Free Soul" before he catapults to true stardom.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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