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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

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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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Budget:

$2,989,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Danny Thomas. 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

La Darina: An accident is an accident, Meg. And nobody is to blame.
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Connections

Remake of La mort du cygne (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Prodaná neveta(The Bartered Bride)
Written by Bedrich Smetana
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I remember it!
26 November 2005 | by grambarSee all my reviews

I too am a grandma who saw this movie when I was 4 years old, it may have been one of the first movies I ever saw. I have been searching for it as well. It used to be shown occasionally on movie matinée TV shows, I am told, but with so much competition now, I doubt if it will return. It holds fond memories for me as well, it gave a poor little kid something to dream about. I would love to see it again. Margaret O'Brien was one of the all time great child stars, we don't see or hear enough about her work. Cyd Charise, and Danny Thomas were also in The Unfinished Dance. I thought with their passing the movie might be revisited but I never saw it listed. If anyone knows if it is still around in some studio archives, there are a few of us, or more, who would love seeing it again.


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