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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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Box Office

Budget:

$923,055 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ted Healy is actually credited as "Ted Healy and His Stooges," but because The Three Stooges are also credited individually later (as Stagehands), he is listed just as 'Ted Healy'. See more »

Goofs

While chasing Patch, Janie is splashed by mud from a passing car; when she hops out of a cab minutes later, her shoes and stockings are clean. 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

Let's Go Bavarian
(1933)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson (uncredited)
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire (uncredited), Joan Crawford (uncredited) and chorus
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A tuneful musical introducing Fred Astaire, and it's worth a look.
10 January 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

While the love triangle between Clark Gable and Franchot Tone for Joan Crawford is very routine, this film offers several pleasures. It is the first film of Fred Astaire, playing himself (or at least, a dancer called Fred Astaire). He dances with Joan Crawford and is as light as a feather and as smooth as silk, compared to Crawford's clunky style of dancing. He also sings in his inimitable style. It's also Eve Arden's first film, playing a would-be actress faking a southern accent in a very short scene. And, to top it off, it is the first film where the three stooges were actually billed as "stooges," and they come complete with their finger-poking and face-slapping antics. If these are not enough, it's also the second film of Nelson Eddy, who sings a Rogers and Hart tune, so there is lots of movie history connected with this film. Despite the talented song composers contributing to this musical, the only song that stuck with me was the lovely "Everything I Have is Yours" by Burton Lane and Harold Adamson. This is not a great film, but is certainly one to see.

For those interested in credits, about 82:30 minutes into the film, Franchot Tone opens his program guide to see what's next in the show he's watching, and the complete list of all the chorus girls used in the film is shown and is readable. It includes Lynn Bari (spelled Barri) in her first role, but I could not spot her. If you do, please let me know which scene she's in.


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