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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Heartbreak Behind Gayety of a Girly-Girl Show!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The feminist movement of the late 60s and early 70s helped give the film a second lease of life. See more »

Quotes

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

References Ferdinand the Bull (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Beer Barrel Polka
(uncredited)
aka "Roll Out the Barrel"
Music by Jaromir Vejvoda
Lyrics by Wladimir A. Timm (song Skoda lásky)
English lyrics by Lew Brown
Played at the Palais Royale Club
Danced and sung by Lucille Ball and the chorus girls
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A formula dance girl movie done strictly to formula
10 October 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

This competent if unremarkable film was directed by Dorothy Arzner, Hollywood's one female director of note between the silent years and Ida Lupino. It's a package of different kinds of dance numbers, from show girl to burlesque to high art ballet. The thread that keeps it going is the usual: girls trying to make it in one show or another.

Lucille Ball, famous for her television shows of the 1950s and 60s, might seem to be making an early appearance in this 1940 song and dance drama. But she had made fifty (fifty!) films before this one. She's no a remarkable dancer by any means, nor singer, but she has personality to spare, and she's fun, period. She plays the worldly girl who will dance anywhere, anyhow. In contrast is the Maureen O'Hara character, sweet and restrained. She's rather humiliated in the movie, and you can feel her pain, but it's a forced contrast.

Musical numbers intersperse the thin plot, and those might or might not be your taste. I found even the ballet, which looked like a serious ballet troupe in action, pedestrian. And it was poorly filmed: the camera sat at the edge of the stage and watched. In truth, the movie as a whole was functional, not reaching for the stars, and not getting any. The one surprise, for me, was the ease and presence of Louis Hayward as a kind of good guy leading man who appeared now and then to properly show his love for O'Hara's struggling character.


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