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Dancing in the Dark (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 22 March 1950 (Mexico)
Conceited actor Emery Slade, on a mission to recruit a Broadway star for Fox, picks unknown Julie Clarke instead.


Irving Reis


Howard Dietz (play), Jay Dratler (additional dialogue) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Emery Slade
Mark Stevens ... Bill Davis
Betsy Drake ... Julie Clarke
Adolphe Menjou ... Melville Crossman
Randy Stuart ... Rosalie Brooks
Lloyd Corrigan ... John Barker
Hope Emerson ... Mrs. Schlaghammer
Walter Catlett ... Joe Brooks
Don Beddoe ... Barney Bassett
Jean Hersholt ... Jean Hersholt


Conceited film star Emery Slade was on top in 1932; in 1949, he's broke and still insufferable. Fox producer Crossman enlists Slade's aid to persuade broadway star Rosalie Brooks to star in the film "Bandwagon." But when Slade meets Julie Clarke, his assistant's onetime girlfriend, he decides she, not Rosalie, should get the part. No one can fathom his motives for this apparently selfless act, but there are a few tricks in the old fox yet...and he'll need them all. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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It Comes to the Screen Out of Life's Richest Emotions! See more »


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Adolphe Menjoy's character name, Melville Crossman, was a writing pseudonym used by Twentieth Century-Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck. See more »


Mrs. Schlaghammer: You! You! Just who do you think you are?
Emery Slade: I know who I am, Mrs. Schlaghammer. What's more, I know who my father was. And that, around here, is a unique distinction.
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References Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) See more »


Bagatelle in A minor (Für Elise)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Heard in the courtyard when Barker knocks on Slade's door
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Don't judge musicals of the era by this one
31 July 2005 | by cnbSee all my reviews

This is the sort of movie that makes me think, "Please don't let some new viewer of musicals think that this is what great musicals are like." William Powell and Betsy Drake are horribly miscast, and the wonderful Dietz-Schwartz songs that shine four years later in "The Band Wagon" are staged here in unappealing, off-kilter ways. For example, the final number tries to jazz up the sexy ballad "Dancing in the Dark," renders it in a completely unromantic manner with some very odd dancing, and inserts a ridiculous Dutch couple skit in the middle of it in order to include the song "I Love Louisa" (which was conceived as a German-style song).

IMDb says the film was originally in color, but the print I saw looked for all the world like something that had been colorized! I am not dismissive of all Fox musicals, but thank heaven MGM got hold of the title and the songs and made a much better movie with them.

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Release Date:

22 March 1950 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Chanson dans la nuit See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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