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Dancing Lady (1933)

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.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Allen Rivkin (screen play), P.J. Wolfson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Janie Barlow
Clark Gable ... Patch Gallagher
Franchot Tone ... Tod Newton
May Robson ... Dolly Todhunter - Tod's Grandmother
Winnie Lightner ... Rosette LaRue
Fred Astaire ... Fred Astaire
Robert Benchley ... Ward King
Ted Healy and His Stooges ... Ted Healy's Stooges
Arthur Jarrett ... Art Jarrett (as Art Jarrett)
Grant Mitchell ... Jasper Bradley, Sr.
Nelson Eddy ... Nelson Eddy
Maynard Holmes ... Jasper Bradley, Jr.
Sterling Holloway ... Pinky - the Show's Author
Gloria Foy Gloria Foy ... Vivian Warner
Moe Howard ... Moe - Stagehand
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Storyline

Janie lives to dance and will dance anywhere, even stripping in a burlesque house. Tod Newton, the rich playboy, discovers her there and helps her get a job in a real Broadway musical being directed by Patch. Tod thinks he can get what he wants from Janie, Patch thinks Janie is using her charms rather than talent to get to the top, and Janie thinks Patch is the greatest. Steve, the stage manager, has the Three Stooges helping him manage all the show girls. Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy make appearances as famous Broadway personalities. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A táncoló hölgy See more »

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Budget:

$923,055 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ted Healy is actually credited as "Ted Healy and His Stooges," but because The Three Stooges are also credited individually later (as Stagehands), he is listed just as 'Ted Healy'. See more »

Goofs

Ted Healy's Three Stooges have small parts in the movie as stage hands. 28 minutes into the film Larry asks Moe, "How are you in the country?" Moe slaps Larry, at which time a large bridge or other dental appliance shoots out of Larry's mouth, bounces off of Curly and falls to the floor. None of the other cast members seem to notice. Kudos to Larry for staying in character and continuing to deliver his lines, thus saving the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Girl with Tod: I don't like the looks of this place Todd.
Tod Newton: Ah, come on. You'll get a lot of laughs.
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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Heigh-Ho, the Gang's All Here
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Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire (uncredited), Joan Crawford (uncredited) and chorus
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Fred Astaire's debut in Dancing Lady isn't the only interesting part of it
11 January 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

1933 was a watershed year for the movie musical. It was the year Busby Berkeley helped make it exciting again with his numbers for 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933. Ginger Rogers was a factor in that excitement when she performed the "We're in the Money" number in the latter. And if that had been it for her career, she'd at least be an important footnote in the movie musical's history. But bigger things were coming her way later in the year. And it wouldn't be at Warner Bros. where she was at the time but at RKO. Her future legendary partner was already there but had yet to make his film debut. But since the studio had no assignments for him yet, he was allowed to go to M-G-M for a specialty spot there as himself. And so it was at Leo the Lion's place that Fred Astaire-previously a Broadway sensation with sis Adele-got his first stint in front of the cameras. His partner there was Joan Crawford, who had displayed much of her dancing ability in many of her previous films so she wasn't a bad first film dancer for Fred to start with. So on that note, this movie is worth a good look for that reason alone. But there's still some good acting by leading man Clark Gable, second lead Franchot Tone (whom Ms. Crawford would briefly marry) and Ted Healy as Gable's assistant who was still the leader of his stooges: Moe, Curly, and Larry, all represented at their slapstick best here. Other notable supporting turns came from Robert Benchley who keeps looking for a pencil, Winnie Lightner as Crawford's friend, May Robson as Tone's grandmother, and Eve Arden-years before playing her Oscar-nominated role opposite Oscar-winner Crawford in Mildred Pierce-in a small part as a rejected potential chorus girl. Oh, and this was one of Nelson Eddy's earliest singing spots. In summary, Dancing Lady is enjoyable enough to watch as entertainment with a historical first as an extra treat.


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