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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.

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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$923,055 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fillm debut of Fred Astaire. NOTE: (1) Though he was reported to have appeared years earlier in the silent film Fanchon, the Cricket (1915), he and his sister Adele Astaire only visited the set; they did not appear on camera. (2) This was the first time Fred Astaire wore his signature top hat and tails. 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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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here
(1933)
(In the credits as "Heigh Ho")
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire (uncredited), Joan Crawford (uncredited) and chorus
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MGM goes to 42nd Street, sort of
15 May 2001 | by brianinaSee all my reviews

Where else are you going to see Joan Crawford dancing to the accompaniment of The Three Stooges? Add to that Winnie Lightner with a Shirley Temple hairdo doing a striptease, Fred Astaire in his screen premiere and enough Art Deco to fill a warehouse.

However, for those used to the Warner Brothers musicals of that time, "Dancing Lady" does have its drawbacks. The pace is a good bit slower (over 90 minutes with only two complete musical numbers!) and the choreography has little of the saucy snap Berkeley was providing at the WB. Joan Crawford isn't as bad in the Terpsichore department as everyone has said, even holding her own against Astaire. The drawbacks are the songs which are putrid. The Astaire-Crawford number is "Let's Go Bavarian" as they sing about the glories of beer! One can only hope Hitler saw it and got indigestion. MGM does have one advantage over the more famous competition; Clark Gable, who brings a good bit more heat to the screen than Warner Baxter. One pre-code moment: in the last musical number historical figures march through an arch which turns them into modern characters. A knight in armor goes under and turns into a mincing handkerchief-waver!


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