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A drama set in a border town gambling saloon. The owner falls in love with a promiscuous young girl. When she has an affair with another, he tosses her out of town. She gets revenge by marrying his younger brother.
Erle C. Kenton
Tommy Flynn (Arthur Lake), a mild-mannered shipping clerk, attempts to dance his way into the heart of Gracie Nolan (Olive Borden), a dance-hall taxi-dancer, but he is thwarted by Ted Smith (Ralph Ererson), a dashing, caddish stunt pilot, who swoops in and plucks the delectable damsel away. Not for long, however, since time proves the aviator unworthy, and Tommy and Gracie are cemented together as dancing partners for life.Written by
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The graceful camera motion, combined with the voices mismatched with mouths confirms the trivia entry to this 1929 RKO talkie: this was shot as a silent and then sound was goat-glanded onto it. Also, Arthur Lake, better known for his role as Dagwood in the "Blondie" movie and TV series for twenty years, is unbearably twitchy in this love triangle set around a dance hall.
Nonetheless, there are some technical issues to this movie that make it important. There is an early example of two people doing ballroom dancing that is shot in a long take to show their movement. Most film historians indicate that this manner of shooting dancing was an innovation for the Astaire-Rogers films about five years after this, yet here it is. Perhaps this was a specialty number, but it points the way. There is also some antediluvian foley work in the home shots, feet clumping along the floor, utensils clattering on dishes and doors latching and unlatching. They are loudly annoying, but definitely added sounds.
However, unless you are afflicted with a technical curiosity in such things, you can skip this one.
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