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The Unfinished Dance (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 19 September 1947 (USA)
Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Paul Morand (story "La Morte du Cygne"), Myles Connolly
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret O'Brien ... 'Meg' Merlin
Cyd Charisse ... Mlle. Ariane Bouchet
Karin Booth ... La Darina
Danny Thomas ... Mr. Paneros
Esther Dale ... Olga
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Ronsell
Harry Hayden ... Murphy
Elinor Donahue ... Josie (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
Connie Cornell Connie Cornell ... Phyllis
Ruth Brady Ruth Brady ... Miss Merlin
Charles Bradstreet ... Fred Carleton
Ann Codee ... Mme. Borodin
Gregory Gaye ... Jacques Lacoste (as Gregory Gay)
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Storyline

Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school's top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play the lead in the school's production of "Swan Lake." So on opening night, Meg arranges an accident which nearly kills Darina and ends her dancing career. As a result, Bouchet becomes a star, while Meg is torn with guilt. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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M-G-M's Gorgeous Technicolor Drama! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ballerina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,989,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to studio records, this film lost $1,797,000 for MGM ($19.4M in 2016 dollars). This was the first film produced by Joe Paternak at MGM to lose money. See more »

Goofs

When Meg is running out of the locker room right after the "accident", a moving shadow of the boom microphone and cable can be seen on a pillar in the background. See more »

Quotes

Mlle. Ariane Bouchet: What is it, little Sparrow?
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Referenced in Bunheads: The Astronaut and the Ballerina (2013) See more »

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Prodaná neveta(The Bartered Bride)
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Good film if you like ballet and Margaret O'Brien
13 July 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Unfinished Dance" is a color MGM film made in 1947 that depends on the star power and dancing ability of little Margaret O'Brien. Here she plays Meg, a nine-year-old ballet student enamored of the gorgeous prima ballerina, played by Cyd Charisse in a very early role. When the company brings in "La Darina" (Karin Booth) to do some performances, O'Brien is determined that she not succeed. In order for the dancer to be humiliated, she plans, with the help of a friend (Elinor Donahue), to douse the lights during her ballet. It all plays out, except that a trap door opens by mistake, and La Darina's career is over. When La Darina turns to teaching and takes a big interest in Meg's dancing, Meg's guilt becomes unbearable.

The ballet segments are beautiful, and while the intensity of O'Brien's performance may not be for everyone, she is excellent. I confess that she's always been a favorite of mine. Danny Thomas, in a role written for Danny Kaye, makes his debut in this film. It's a somewhat saccharine role, but he appoints himself well.

Charisse is good as a shallow, ambitious dancer who really isn't worthy of Meg's adoration, and Karin Booth is lovely as La Darina, and she's absolutely stunning to boot.

Not to everyone's taste, but a nice niche film from MGM.


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