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Dancing Lady (1933)





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Virtually everybody except President Roosevelt was in the lavish MGM backstage musical Dancing Lady. Joan Crawford stars as Janie Barlow, an impoverished dancer reduced to working in a seedy Manhattan burlesque house. While on a slumming party with his society friend, wealthy young Tod Newton (Franchot Tone) spots Janie in the burleycue chorus line and immediately falls in love with her. When the joint is raided, Tod pays Janie's bail, but she resists his entreaties to become his mistress, promising instead to pay back every cent she owes him "honestly." With Tod's help, Janie is able to secure work in a big-time Broadway musical being staged by Patch Gallegher (Clark Gable), who is certain that the girl is an untalented opportunist and does everything he can to sabotage her audition. When he realizes that the girl "has something," he refuses to admit it but does, grudgingly, hire her for the show. Through a combination of skill and damned hard work, Janie ends up as the star of the show, whereupon Tod, worried that he'll lose the girl to the Great White Way, buys the show and promptly closes it. But Janie, who's fallen in love with Patch, teams with her new sweetheart to restage the show with their own meager savings -- and surprise of surprises, it's a smash hit. Truly an embarrassment of riches, Dancing Lady introduced Fred Astaire to the movie-going public, solidified the popularity of MGM's new tenor Nelson Eddy, and offered a wide berth for the comedy antics of Ted Healy and his Three Stooges -- Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine (Larry, performing his role in a Jewish dialect, has a wonderful double-take bit with a jigsaw puzzle which turns out to be a portrait of Adolf Hitler). As a bonus, the film offers spectacular musical production numbers, not to mention the enduring song hit "Everything I Have is Yours."more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: P.J. Wolfson, Zelda Sears, Alan Rivkin
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On DVD: Jun 20, 2006


Joan Crawford
as Janie Barlow
Clark Gable
as Patch Gallagher
Franchot Tone
as Tod Newton
May Robson
as Dolly Todhunter - To...
Fred Astaire
as Himself
Nelson Eddy
as Himself
Winnie Lightner
as Rosette Henrietta La...
Robert Benchley
as Ward King
Ted Healy
as Steve
Moe Howard
as Three Stooge
Larry Fine
as Three Stooge
Gloria Foy
as Vivian Warner
Maynard Holmes
as Jasper Bradley Jr.
Curly Howard
as Stooge #1
Sterling Holloway
as Pinky, the Author
Florine McKinney
as Grace Newton
Bonita Barker
as Chorus Girl
Jean Howard
as Girl in Tod's Entour...
Dale Dean
as Chorus Girl
Shirley Aranson
as Chorus Girl
Katharine Barnes
as Chorus Girl
Lynn Bari
as Chorus Girl
Pat Somerset
as Tod's Friend
Charles Williams
as Man Arrested in Burl...
Eve Arden
as Marcia, the `Souther...
Matt McHugh
as Marcia's Agent
Harry C. Bradley
as Author's Pal
John Sheehan
as Author's Pal
Stanley Blystone
as Traffic Cop
Charles C. Wilson
as Club Manager
Cecil Cunningham
as Miss Allen
Larry Steers
as First Nighter
Marion Weldon
as Chorus Girl
C. Montague Shaw
as First Nighter
Grant Mitchell
as Bradley Sr.
Charles Wilson
as Club Manager
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Critic Reviews for Dancing Lady

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Spectacular, stylized finale is big plus for backstage musical.

Full Review… | October 2, 2014
Classic Film and Television

A quintessential Joan Crawford Depression-era backstage melodrama, in which she plays an ambitious showgirl torn between Franchot Tone and Gable.

Full Review… | November 25, 2008

Audience Reviews for Dancing Lady

What an absolute delight. This little gem from 1933 has not gotten anywhere near the acclaim it deserves. If you're a fan of 1930s American cinema (and who isn't?), you have to put "Dancing Lady" on your list. I enjoyed every second of it. I'd even go so far as to say it's my new favorite early-30s movie.

Bill D 2007
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

A good cast, but an average story of dance and romance between show people and rich people. It wasn't all that interesting, but it's an okay movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

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