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Tango (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 14 February 1936 (USA)
Believing his wife to be unfaithful, a husband deserts her and his child. Destitute, the woman is forced to take a job as a tango dancer.


Phil Rosen


Arthur T. Horman (screenplay), Vida Hurst (based on story by)

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Complete credited cast:
Marian Nixon ... Treasure McGuire
Chick Chandler ... Oliver Huston
Marie Prevost ... Betty Barlow, Treasure's Roomate
Matty Kemp ... Anthony Thorne aka 'Tony' Carver
Warren Hymer ... Joe Sloan, Betty's Boyfriend
Herman Bing ... Mr. Kluckmeyer, Tango Hosiery
George Meeker ... Foster Carver, Tony's Brother
Virginia Howell ... Mrs. Carver, Tony's Mother
Franklin Pangborn ... Oscar the Photographer
Kathryn Sheldon Kathryn Sheldon ... Mrs. Alman the Landlady


Believing his wife to be unfaithful, a husband deserts her and his child. Destitute, the woman is forced to take a job as a tango dancer.

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Release Date:

14 February 1936 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented West Coast telecasts in Los Angeles Monday 3 August 1953 on KECA (Channel 7), and in San Francisco Tuesday 1 December 1953 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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A Bad Conversion From Novel To Film
7 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Marian Nixon is looking for a job. Chick Chandler wangles her one as a model for Herman Bing's stockings. The agency's managing partner, George Meeker tries his moves on her, but it's his brother, Matty Kemp, she falls for. They get married, but Kemp's snooty mother and Meeker insist on an annulment.

Miss Nixon's role at the center of this hullabaloo is to remain sweet-tempered, moral and accept whatever is thrown at her. It's pretty annoying. Meanwhile, there are some underutilized actors like Marie Prevost as Miss Nixon's room mate and Warren Hymer as a taxi driver, who is is not annoying for once. Quite clearly, there was a lot in Vida Hurst's novel that was left out of the movie. That is, of course, inevitable. What is bad is that the movie as it exists makes the point so plainly.

Miss Nixon and Miss Prevost were in their last year of making movies. Marie would die early the next year, of malnutrition (she was supposedly trying to lose weight) and alcoholism. Miss Nixon's movie career would end, but she would live for for another 37 years, dying in 1983 at the age of 78, having outlived her third and fourth husbands, director William Seiter and actor Ben Lyon.

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