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Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 30 August 1940 (USA)
When a troupe of danseuses becomes unemployed, one of them takes up burlesque dancing while another dreams of performing ballet.

Directors:

Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth (uncredited)

Writers:

Tess Slesinger (screen play), Frank Davis (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Judy O'Brien
Louis Hayward ... Jimmy Harris
Lucille Ball ... Bubbles
Virginia Field ... Elinor Harris
Ralph Bellamy ... Steve Adams
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Madame Lydia Basilova
Mary Carlisle ... Sally
Katharine Alexander ... Miss Olmstead
Edward Brophy ... Dwarfie Humblewinger
Walter Abel ... Judge
Harold Huber ... Hoboken Gent
Ernest Truex ... Bailey #1
Chester Clute ... Bailey #2
Lorraine Krueger ... Dolly
Lola Jensen Lola Jensen ... Daisy
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Storyline

Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Heartbreak Behind Gayety of a Girly-Girl Show!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance, Girl, Dance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System) (as R C A Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Dorothy Arzner's longterm love, Marion Morgan, choreographed the dance sequences. See more »

Quotes

Bubbles: Hello handsome. What goes on under your hat?
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(uncredited)
From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played when newlyweds enter the nightclub
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Dance, Girl
17 September 2005 | by baron1-1See all my reviews

Dance, Girl, Dance, which sounds like a Joan Crawford movie, is not. It features superb dance sequences which exemplify the superior ballet technique and style of the '40s. Vivian Fay is outstanding. Lucille Ball is hot, girl, hot! Who knew our Lucy could be a burlesque queen and skillful dancer, not to mention Maureen O'Hara dancing her socks off with fine ballet technique. I don't think they used a dance double, or did they? I hope not. But who is this choreographer, hitherto unknown? What became of him? He did an excellent pastiche of Leonid Massine's ballets. Why do we have to write so many lines? Don't they know that pithy comments can say so much more? I think the movie dragged as it got soapy, but the emotion was convincing, and I could personally relate to the story of the ballet teacher very much. I had one just like her.


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