Tap! Filmography - The Feature Filmsby bderoes-12985 | created - 30 Nov 2017 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
from Appendix B of Tap! The greatest tap dance stars and their stories, 1900-1955 by Rusty Frank, published 1990
"From the 1920s-1950s, there were very few musical films made that did not have tap dancing in some form. This appendix concentrates on "featured" tap dancers - solo, and groups. There are some entries listed here that have not been viewed since their original release. In these cases it is assumed that the tap dancer did perlorm a tap number in the film."
+ means information I added ++ is an entry from Jazz Dance: The Story Of American Vernacular Dance by Marshall & Jean Stearns, 1994 +++ is an entry that I added
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1. The Broadway Melody (1929)
Passed | 100 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.
Votes: 5,863 | Gross: $6.12M
MGM/ Bessie Love, Anita Page
2. The Dance of Life (1929)
115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A vaudeville comic and a pretty young dancer aren't having much luck in their separate careers, so they decide to combine their acts. In order to save money on the road, they get married. ... See full summary »
Paramount/ Nancy Carroll, Hal Skelly
3. Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
The rise of a showgirl, Gloria Hughes, culminating in a Ziegfeld extravaganza "Glorifying the American Girl".
Paramount/ Mary Eaton, Dan Healy
4. Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)
Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Musical
Three Broadway chorus girls seek rich husbands.
Votes: 135 | Gross: $5.54M
Warner/ Ann Pennington
5. The Great Gabbo (1929)
Passed | 92 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.
SonoArt/ Marjorie "Babe" Kane
6. Hallelujah (1929)
Passed | 109 min | Drama, Musical
A sharecropper decides to become a preacher after falling for a vamp from the city.
MGM/ Esvan Mosby
7. Happy Days (1929)
Passed | 80 min | Musical
Margie, singer on a showboat, decides to try her luck in New York inspite of being in love with the owners grandson. She is successful, but suddenly she hears that the showboat is in deep ... See full summary »
Fox/ Dixie Lee, Richard Keene, Tom Patricola, Ann Pennington, Slate Brothers, Martha Lee Sparks
8. The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)
130 min | Musical
An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.
MGM/ Joan Crawford
9. Is Everybody Happy? (1929)
Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
This is the story of Ted Lewis, popular band leader and clarinettist.
Warner/ Ann Pennington
10. Night Parade (1929)
Passed | 71 min | Drama
Bobby Martin, a young middleweight champion boxer, is an honest and decent fighter. However, on the eve of his biggest fight, he becomes entangled in the snare of a dishonest woman and ends... See full summary »
RKO/ Ann Pennington
11. On with the Show! (1929)
Passed | 104 min | Musical, Romance
A musical advertised as the first 100% natural color, all-singing production. The plot concerns a wide-eyed former hatcheck girl who takes the place of a rebellious star.
Warner/ Four Covans
12. Sally (1929)
TV-G | 103 min | Musical
Sally was an orphan who got her name from the telephone exchange where she was abandoned as a baby. In the orphanage, she discovered the joy of dancing and has been practicing since. ... See full summary »
First National/ Marilyn Miller
13. Show of Shows (1929)
Passed | 128 min | Musical
It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can ... See full summary »
Warner/ Dancers, two choruses - one black one white
14. So This Is College (1929)
Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
Biff and Eddie are the best of friends. They are college seniors; roommates at the Fraternity; and star teammates on the USC Football team. Then a flapper named Babs enters the picture. ... See full summary »
Fox/ Ann Pennington, Slate Brothers
15. Sweetie (1929)
95 min | Musical, Romance
Paramount/ Helen Kane, Jack Oakie
16. Thunderbolt (1929)
Passed | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A criminal known as Thunderbolt is imprisoned and facing execution. Into the next cell is placed Bob Moran, an innocent man who has been framed and who is in love with Thunderbolt's girl. ... See full summary »
Paramount/ Nina Mae McKinney
17. Chasing Rainbows (1930)
Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
The road-show troupe of a top Broadway show go cross-country while taking the audience along on the on-stage scenes as well as what happens and is happening back stage of the production. ... See full summary »
MGM/ Bessie Love, Anita Page
18. Check and Double Check (1930)
Passed | 77 min | Comedy
Typical Amos 'n Andy storyline has the boys trying to make a go of their "open-air" taxi business while they get caught up in a society hassle, involving driving musicians to a fancy party.... See full summary »
RKO/ Four Step Brothers
19. Dixiana (1930)
Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
In antebellum New Orleans, two men vie for the affections of a beautiful young girl during Mardi Gras.
RKO/ Bill Robinson
20. Just Imagine (1930)
Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ...... See full summary »
Fox/ Frank Albertson, Margorie White
21. King of Jazz (1930)
Not Rated | 99 min | Animation, Comedy, Music
American Pre-Code color film starring Paul Whiteman and his Jazz orchestra.
Universal/ Chorus tap
22. Let's Go Native (1930)
Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Musical
Dress designer Joan Wood, who's heavily in debt, has created costumes for a Broadway show that is exported to Argentina. With the money she wants to pay her debts, but there was a mistake: ... See full summary »
Paramount/ Jack Oakie
23. Mammy (1930)
Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
A love triangle develops in a traveling minstrel troupe.
Warner/ Corbet Brothers
24. The March of Time (1930)
MGM/ Barney Fagan (never released as a whole)
25. Paramount on Parade (1930)
Passed | 102 min | Music
A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting ... See full summary »
Directors: Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H. Knopf, Rowland V. Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, A. Edward Sutherland, Frank Tuttle | Stars: Jean Arthur, Clara Bow, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper
Paramount/ Nancy Canoll, Mitzie Mayfair, Jack Oakie
26. Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)
88 min | Musical
A vaudeville and nightclub performer becomes successful and forgets who his friends really are.
UA/ Harry Richman, white and black choruses
27. Sunny (1930)
TV-PG | 78 min | Musical
To be near the fella she loves, an English bareback rider dons dungarees and cap to pass as a boy stows away to America, gets caught, marries someone else...and finally ends up in the warm ... See full summary »
First National/ Marilyn Miller
28. They Learned About Women (1930)
Passed | 95 min | Musical, Drama
When Jack and Jerry are not playing professional baseball with the Blue Sox, they are packing them in on the Vaudeville circuit. Jack is engaged to Mary, but a gold digger named Daisy has ... See full summary »
MGM/ Nina Mae McKinney
29. Top Speed (1930)
Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An order clerk poses as a millionaire.
Warner/ Joe E. Brown, lnez Courlney
30. Whoopee! (1930)
TV-G | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle. Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams, who thinks... See full summary »
UA/ Eddie Cantor
31. Caught Plastered (1931)
Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Musical
Wheeler and Woolsey play two unemployed vaudevillians who get involved in helping an old lady save her moribund drug store. Problems and laughs begin when the villain spikes the Lemon Sodas they are selling.
Radio Pictures/ Bert Wheeler
32. Laughing Sinners (1931)
Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance
Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.
MGM/ Joan Crawford (tap charleston)
33. Peach O'Reno (1931)
Passed | 63 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
After a quarrell at their 25th wedding aniversery, Joe and Aggie Bruno decide to divorce each other, and both leave for Reno. So do their daughters Prudence and Pansy, but they want to get ... See full summary »
RKO/ Dorothy Lee, Bert Wheeler
34. Dancers in the Dark (1932)
Passed | 74 min | Drama
A bandleader tries to romance a dancer by sending her boyfriend, a musician, out of town. However, things get complicated when he finds out that a gangster has designs on her too.
Paramount/ Lyda Roberti
35. Girl Crazy (1932)
Passed | 74 min | Comedy, Musical
New York playboy Danny Churchill is sent to a small town in Arizona, where being sheriff is very dangerous, to keep away from girls, but he decides to open a dude ranch there. He asks his ... See full summary »
RKO/ Mitzi Green, Dorothy Lee, Bert Wheeler
36. Harlem Is Heaven (1932)
69 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
The director and star of a Harlem theater troupe puts his feelings aside to help unite two lovers.
Lincoln/ Bill Robinson, and chorus
37. Midshipmaid Gob (1932)
84 min | Comedy
Sir Percy Newbiggin visits the fleet to find ways to economize Naval expenditures. Daughter Celia tags along, and organizes a morale-boosting show utilizing ship-board talent. Her fiancé shows up, and romantic complications ensue.
Gaumont-British/ Jessie Matthews
38. Night World (1932)
58 min | Drama
Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.
Universal/ Mae Clark
39. The Phantom President (1932)
78 min | Comedy, Musical
A presidential candidate is deemed to have a dull personality, thus a charismatic look-alike is hired as a front.
Paramount/ George M. Cohan ++
40. The Sport Parade (1932)
Passed | 64 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Spoiled sports hero learns hard lessons.
RKO/ Uncredited black tap dancers and chorus line tap
41. Ten Minutes to Live (1932)
Not Rated | 58 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery
A movie producer offers a nightclub singer a role in his latest film, but all he really wants to do is bed her. She knows, but accepts anyway. Meanwhile, a patron at the club gets a note ... See full summary »
Micheaux/ Chorus line tap
42. Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)
90 min | Musical
Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it ... See full summary »
UA Fox/ Barto and Mann, Frances Williams
43. Broadway to Hollywood (1933)
Approved | 85 min | History, Musical
Ted and Lulu Hackett are vaudeville's The Hacketts, a fairly successful song-and-dance team. They bring their son Ted Jr. up in the business and he soon eclipses them. When the son is ... See full summary »
MGM/ Mickey Rooney
44. Dancing Lady (1933)
Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An attractive dancer is rescued from jail by a rich man, who helps her to have her first big opportunity at a musical play on Broadway.
MGM/ Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford
45. The Emperor Jones (1933)
Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music
Unscrupulously ambitious Brutus Jones escapes from jail after killing a guard and through bluff and bravado finds himself the emperor of a Caribbean island.
UA/ Harold Nicholas
46. 42nd Street (1933)
Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.
Votes: 9,808 | Gross: $2.30M
Warner/ Ruby Keeler, Eddie Nugent, Clarence Nordstrom
47. Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An aviator and band leader who is always getting his group fired for his flirtatious behavior with the female guests soon finds himself falling for an engaged woman.
RKO/ Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
48. Footlight Parade (1933)