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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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"I want the world to applaud you...even a heel can do one good thing in his life!" See more »


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Crossman's office is a replica of producer Darryl F. Zanuck's. 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 The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »


Dancing in the Dark
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Sung by chorus behind credits
Performed by Betsy Drake (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams)
Played often in the score
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A good choice for fans of William Powell, Betsy Drake, Jean Hersholt, and/or films about Hollywood or the road to success.
13 June 2002 | by russellldSee all my reviews

This is a good film for fans of William Powell, Betsy Drake, Jean Hersholt, and/or films about Hollywood or the road to success. Inspirational in that "we're gonna make it" way, however corny that can be. The plot twists are good, if melodramatic, the "schemes" hatched by the characters to achieve their objectives are clever, and there are some good musical numbers, although these are far fewer than in the musical, "Bandwagon," which is based on the same source. I found it a very pleasant evening's entertainment.

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Release Date:

22 March 1950 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Chanson dans la nuit See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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