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, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: P.J. Wolfson, Zelda Sears, Alan Rivkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 20, 2006


as Janie Barlow

as Patch Gallagher

as Tod Newton

as Dolly Todhunter - To...

as Himself

as Himself

as Rosette Henrietta La...

as Ward King

as Steve

as Three Stooge

as Three Stooge

as Vivian Warner

as Jasper Bradley Jr.

as Stooge #1

as Pinky, the Author

as Grace Newton

as Chorus Girl

as Girl in Tod's Entour...

as Chorus Girl

as Chorus Girl

as Chorus Girl

as Chorus Girl

as Tod's Friend

as Man Arrested in Burl...

as Marcia, the `Southe...

as Marcia's Agent

as Author's Pal

as Author's Pal

as Traffic Cop

as Club Manager

as Miss Allen

as First Nighter

as Chorus Girl

as First Nighter

as Bradley Sr.

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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