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Dancing Lady (1933)

An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (screen play), P.J. Wolfson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Janie Barlow
Clark Gable ... Patch Gallagher
Franchot Tone ... Tod Newton
May Robson ... Dolly Todhunter - Tod's Grandmother
Winnie Lightner ... Rosette LaRue
Fred Astaire ... Fred Astaire
Robert Benchley ... Ward King
Ted Healy and His Stooges ... Ted Healy's Stooges
Arthur Jarrett ... Art Jarrett (as Art Jarrett)
Grant Mitchell ... Jasper Bradley, Sr.
Nelson Eddy ... Nelson Eddy
Maynard Holmes ... Jasper Bradley, Jr.
Sterling Holloway ... Pinky - the Show's Author
Gloria Foy Gloria Foy ... Vivian Warner
Moe Howard ... Moe - Stagehand
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Storyline

Janie lives to dance and will dance anywhere, even stripping in a burlesque house. Tod Newton, the rich playboy, discovers her there and helps her get a job in a real Broadway musical being directed by Patch. Tod thinks he can get what he wants from Janie, Patch thinks Janie is using her charms rather than talent to get to the top, and Janie thinks Patch is the greatest. Steve, the stage manager, has the Three Stooges helping him manage all the show girls. Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy make appearances as famous Broadway personalities. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A táncoló hölgy See more »

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Budget:

$923,055 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's USA television premiere took place in Chicago Thursday 21 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in Norfolk VA it first aired 4 April 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Bristol VA 15 May 1957 on WCYB (Channel 5), in Syracuse NY 20 June 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in New York City 5 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Portland OR 17 August 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Seattle 18 September 1957 on KING (Channel 5), and in Minneapolis 27 September 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); it was first telecast in Los Angeles 25 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 21 June 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

Ted Healy's Three Stooges have small parts in the movie as stage hands. 28 minutes into the film Larry asks Moe, "How are you in the country?" Moe slaps Larry, at which time a large bridge or other dental appliance shoots out of Larry's mouth, bounces off of Curly and falls to the floor. None of the other cast members seem to notice. Kudos to Larry for staying in character and continuing to deliver his lines, thus saving the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Girl with Tod: I don't like the looks of this place Todd.
Tod Newton: Ah, come on. You'll get a lot of laughs.
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Soundtracks

Everything I Have Is Yours
(1933)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson (uncredited)
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung by Arthur Jarrett (uncredited)
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Delightful Dilemma: Broadway or Park Avenue?
28 October 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the playboy Tod Newton (Franchot Tone) goes with his friend to the International Burlesque to have fun with the striptease of the dancers. During the performance, there is a police raid and the girls are arrested and brought to court. Tod feels attracted by the dancer Janie Barlow (Joan Crawford) that is sentenced to thirty days in jail or the payment of a thirty-dollar bail. Tod bails her out and Janie tells that she is an aspirant dancer that prioritizes her career and she does not accept to be his lover.

Janie Barlow decides to seek a position uptown in Broadway musical but the director Patch Gallagher (Clark Gable) refuses to talk and give a chance to her. However Tod Newton uses his influence and secretly sponsors the show and Janie is hired. Patch believes that Janie is using Tod to reach her objectives but sooner he finds that she is a talented dancer indeed. Tod proposes to marry Janie but she wants to become a Broadway star. However, she accepts Tod's proposal: if the show is a success, she will follow the artistic career; however, if the musical fails, she will marry him. But Tod is a millionaire and wants to marry Janie and the bet is not fair.

"Dancing Lady" is a delightful film about a dilemma, where Joan Crawford is amazing, dancing inclusive with Fred Astaire in one of his first works. Her chemistry with Clark Gable is something very special, and the funny moments are in charge of the Three Stooges in the role of stagehands. There is also a cameo of Nelson Eddy in his first credited work. The "villain" Franchot Tone is also very pleasant and has a good performance in the role of a coxcomb. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Amor de Dançarina" ("Love of Dancer")


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