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Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 30 August 1940 (USA)
Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company ... See full summary »

Directors:

Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth (uncredited)

Writers:

Tess Slesinger (screen play), Frank Davis (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Judy O'Brien
Louis Hayward ... Jimmy Harris
Lucille Ball ... Bubbles
Virginia Field ... Elinor Harris
Ralph Bellamy ... Steve Adams
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Madame Lydia Basilova
Mary Carlisle ... Sally
Katharine Alexander ... Miss Olmstead
Edward Brophy ... Dwarfie Humblewinger
Walter Abel ... Judge
Harold Huber ... Hoboken Gent
Ernest Truex ... Bailey #1
Chester Clute ... Bailey #2
Lorraine Krueger ... Dolly
Lola Jensen Lola Jensen ... Daisy
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Storyline

Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Heartbreak Behind Gayety of a Girly-Girl Show!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida é uma Dança See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System) (as R C A Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Roy Del Ruth was originally assigned to direct, but he quit over creative differences with producer Erich Pommer, so Dorothy Arzner was assigned the job. See more »

Quotes

Dwarfie Humblewinger: Give em all ya got, baby!
Bubbles: They couldn't take it!
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Connections

References Ugly Duckling (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother, What Do I Do Now?
Music and Lyrics by Chet Forrest (as Chester Forrest) and Bob Wright (as Robert Wright)
Sung by Lucille Ball in the Bailey Brothers Burlesque Theater (uncredited)
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I love Maureen!
14 April 1999 | by cutter-12See all my reviews

Of all Maureen O'hara's pictures, this is definitely one of her best. How good would Lucille Ball have been as the streetwise floozy without Maureen's counter-role as a decent and moral girl struggling to overcome obstacles to fulfill her dream of becoming a dancer. Not once does her performance stray into the realm of treacle, her character, though perhaps a little naive never becomes timid to the point where she can't take care of herself in the clutch. She handles Lucy quite admirably in the latter stages of this film. Tis true Lucille Ball does her fair share of scene stealing and her performance is effective, but this is still Maureen's picture all the way. Also good performances by Louis Hayward (his only good role?) and Ralph Bellamy ensure this movie is well worth sitting through.


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