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After the Dance (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 26 July 1935 (USA)
Starring Nancy Carroll, George Murphy, Thelma Todd, Jack La Rue, Arthur Hohl, Thurston Hall Directed by Leo Bulgakov Print: black/white Runtime: 60 min. Genre: drama In this tuneful crime ... See full summary »


Leo Bulgakov


Harold Shumate (screenplay), Harrison Jacobs (story)




Complete credited cast:
Nancy Carroll ... Anne Taylor
George Murphy ... Jerry Davis
Thelma Todd ... Mabel Kane
Jack La Rue ... Mitch
Arthur Hohl ... Louie
Wyrley Birch ... Warden
Thurston Hall ... District Attorney
Victor Kilian ... Kennedy
Robert Middlemass ... King
George McKay George McKay ... Danny
Harry Barris ... Tommy Tucker (scenes deleted)
Virginia Sale ... Edna


Starring Nancy Carroll, George Murphy, Thelma Todd, Jack La Rue, Arthur Hohl, Thurston Hall Directed by Leo Bulgakov Print: black/white Runtime: 60 min. Genre: drama In this tuneful crime drama, a falsely convicted man escapes from prison and hides out with a comely chorine. She discovers that he has talent and the two become a popular dancing team. Their fast ascent to stardom is stopped in its tracks when the dancer's jealous ex-partner turns the fugitive in. The cops don't seem to care that the fellow is innocent and insist that he complete his sentence. If he serves his sentence quietly, they promise to release him in two years. The dancer vows to wait for him and remains true to her word.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

26 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Song of the Damned See more »

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Technical Specs


(Sony print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many actors in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in this movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Benny Ross (Master of Ceremonies), Phil Dunham (Meek Husband), Jean De Briac and Ernest F. Young (Head Waiters), Fred Parker (Secretary to Oliver), George Cleveland (Workman), Marie Wells and Louis LaVoie and J.C. Fowler (Penitentiary Guests) and La Gretta. See more »


Without You I'm Just Drifting
Music and Lyrics by Harry Akst
Performed by George Murphy (piano and vocal)
Hummed and Danced by George Murphy and Nancy Carroll
Reprised by Murphy at the nightclub
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2 April 2017 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

One wonders how a film featuring a male dancer getting sentenced to jail for manslaughter plays out under the straitjacket of the Hays code . Come on you all know what getting at . Trying making a film featuring the Darwinian law of the jungle that is the American penal system without any allusion to gang rape. This is a movie we've all got to see as to how the producers, screenwriters and director are going to get around

AFTER THE DANCE starts after the inciting incident of the killing scene. This opening is so bizarre that I was left wondering if the censors edited the scene out before the film was distributed for release. Indeed as people on this page have noticed this is a film with an entirely strange feel where segments of the story feel like they're missing. The main bulk of the narrative - where the protagonist ends up in jail - isn't in fact the bulk of the story. Instead it's about a convicted criminal on the run who gets lucky enough to relaunch his career again as a dancer. None of it makes sense from a logical point of view and is very contrived . Likewise as everyone has noticed the film just comes to an abrupt stop which led me to ask what the point of the film was

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