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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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Romance! Spectacle! Music! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Seattle Tuesday 6 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland OR 13 September 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Cincinnati 15 September 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), in Philadelphia 5 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Honolulu 8 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in New Haven CT 22 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 5 November 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Hartford CT 8 November 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Binghamton NY 17 November 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Windsor ON (Serving Detroit) 26 November 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Lebanon PA 4 December 1957 on WLBR (Channel 15), in Norfolk VA 1 January 1958 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Los Angeles 20 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 28 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); it finally reached New York City 31 January 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2) and Chicago 18 June 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. 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

Fred Carleton: A crazy little creature.
Mr. Carleton's Date: A midget, huh?
Fred Carleton: No. No. A little girl, a child. Meg's her name.
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Connections

Referenced in Bunheads: The Astronaut and the Ballerina (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Holiday for Strings
Written by David Rose
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strange but fascinating flick
15 January 2010 | by benjweilSee all my reviews

I have to give this film 7 out of 10 stars for originality (yes, I saw it was a remake of a 1938 French film, but it is still quite original). It's always great to see Cyd Charisse dance or do anything in a movie, and she is certainly showcased in this film as an alluring but slightly shallow prima ballerina. The real draw, though, is Margaret O'Brien as Meg, a frighteningly intense little girl who idolizes Charisse as the resident ballet star. Meg's rather shocking actions are equally shockingly glossed over in the end. The would-be feel-good coda is not the least bit convincing! What a high price Meg's victim had to pay, despite the faraway look of goodness in La Darina's glamorous eyes! But O'Brien specialized in intense, scary little girls, didn't she? Her crime in this film and the way in which she is haunted by it remind me of her hysterical confession to "murder" in "Meet Me in St. Louis." She was a strange and very talented little girl, and she is an impressive dancer in this film, too. You can't fudge dancing "en pointe," or you couldn't in 1947, anyway, with the camera focused simultaneously on your face and feet. This is not your everyday forties movie ...


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