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Dancing Feet (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 20 January 1936 (USA)
Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) rescues Judy Jones (Joan Marsh) from a very dull young man, at a sedate party given for her by her multi-millionaire grandfather Silas P. Jones (Purnell Pratt.) Judy... See full summary »


Joseph Santley


Jerome Chodorov (screenplay) (as Jerry Chodorov), Olive Cooper (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Lyon ... Peyton Wells
Joan Marsh ... Judy Jones
Edward J. Nugent ... Jimmy Cassidy (as Eddie Nugent)
Isabel Jewell ... Mabel Henry
James Burke ... Phil Moore
Purnell Pratt ... Silas P. Jones
Vince Barnett ... Willoughby
Nick Condos Nick Condos ... Speciality Dancer
Herbert Rawlinson ... Oliver Groves
Lillian Harmer ... Aggie
Herbert Corthell Herbert Corthell ... Jenkins
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Stupe (as Jim Burtis)
Harry C. Bradley ... Hotel Assistant Manager
Cy Kendall ... Hotel Detective
Lynton Brent ... Hotel Clerk


Peyton Wells (Ben Lyon) rescues Judy Jones (Joan Marsh) from a very dull young man, at a sedate party given for her by her multi-millionaire grandfather Silas P. Jones (Purnell Pratt.) Judy refuses to accompany Peyton on a slumming trip to a cheap dance hall, and Peyton dances with several of the dowagers and tells them that Silas is practically dying of scarlet fever. The guests hastily depart and Joan joins Peyton at the Dreamland Dance Hall. She is mistaken by Jimmy Cassidy (Edward J. Nugent) as one of the hostesses and decides to dance with him as a lark. One thing follows another and Judy gets disinherited and takes a job at the dance hall through Jimmy and his friend Mabel(Isabel Jewell.) Jimmy confides to Judy his ambition to become a dance instructor over the radio and Judy decides to help him but can't get the needed financial backing. She gets Peyton to front the money, promising him she will reconsider his offer of marriage if Jimmy's plan fails. The dance school of the air... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

20 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frenesia di danze See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Two nitrate prints of this film survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and neither one is listed for preservation. See more »


Remade as Melody and Moonlight (1940) See more »


Dancing Feet
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Sidney D. Mitchell
Danced by Joan Marsh and Edward J. Nugent (the instructors),
Kathryn Dale,
Nick Condos (the chef),
Jackie Morrow and Jane Slater (juveniles),
Ruth Fanchon and Sonny Lamont (eccentric dancers),
and two other couples.
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The Dancing Mug
11 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Debutante Joan Marsh quarrels with grandfather Purnell Pratt and runs away to marry Ben Lyon, but he's not interested until he inherits. She becomes a taxi dancer and rooms with Isobel Jewel. Meanwhile, good-hearted Edward Nugent bails her out. He's studying to be a song-and-dance man.

The first half of this movie is pretty good, although Nugent's voice types him as a mug. He's fine while he's dancing, but not so good with his line readings, and his singing is mediocre. It appears that the script had problems, and even Miss Jewel's wisecracking becomes weak and a bit stagy as the final few reels unroll. Director Joseph Santley does what he can with some interesting compositions, but even Jack Marta's and Ernest Miller's camerawork cannot hide the flaws in this standard if ambitious Republic musical. It's never bad, but I spent long periods waiting for the next dance number.

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