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Bolero (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 23 February 1934 (USA)
This is the story of an egotistical nightclub dance performer named Raoul, his determination to succeed at all costs, and the only woman in his life that truly matters to him, a dancing ... See full summary »

Directors:

Wesley Ruggles, Mitchell Leisen (uncredited)

Writers:

Horace Jackson (screenplay), Carey Wilson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Raft ... Raoul De Baere
Carole Lombard ... Helen Hathaway
Sally Rand ... Annette
Frances Drake ... Leona
William Frawley ... Mike DeBaere
Gertrude Michael ... Lady D'Argon
Ray Milland ... Lord Robert Coray (as Raymond Milland)
Gloria Shea ... Lucy
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Storyline

This is the story of an egotistical nightclub dance performer named Raoul, his determination to succeed at all costs, and the only woman in his life that truly matters to him, a dancing partner named Helen. (The highlight of the film is a dance performed atop a circular stage to a truncated version of Ravel's "Bolero.") Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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His dancing partners were but stepping stones to fame! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1934 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Before starting in films, George Raft was a taxi dancer in New York, dancing with women at clubs for the proverbial "ten cents a dance". He was adept at all kinds of dance steps, including Spanish-style, which made his role in this film perfect for him. BTW, one of his fellow dancers was a young Italian immigrant named Rudolph Valentino. See more »

Quotes

Raoul De Baere: [after a tryst with his partner] I, uh, was just going over a new routine with my partner.
Lady D'Argon: Oh, and are new routines difficult?
Raoul De Baere: No, this wasn't. You see, she's danced it before.
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Connections

Followed by Rumba (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Raftero
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Copyright 1934 by Famous Music Corporation
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Much better than I expected
11 June 2014 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

This is really quite a remarkable movie, folks, and one that I strongly urge you to see.

Why? Because of the dancing? Not so much. But because Raft and Lombard give two very fine performances here, and have real chemistry. (Could it have been hard to have chemistry with Lombard????) The script is more than just the series of clichés one might expect, and the characters have real complexity.

And then there is Sally Rand's fan dance. It is truly very beautiful to watch. There isn't much to the rest of her role, but her 3 minutes dancing are more than worth the price of admission.

This is, in a sense, the original "Dirty Dancing". And it's a great predecessor to that other movie. Before Astaire and Rodgers, and the Hayes Office, we see what dancing could also be used to suggest, and it's quite exciting.


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