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Dames (1934)

Dames (1934)





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In this film, Ezra Ounce is a silly millionaire who spearheads a national anti-fun movement. Ounce's distant cousin Dick Powell is a producer of musical comedies. Ounce's partner is Guy Kibbee, whose daughter is Ruby Keeler. Kibbee is also the "sugar daddy" of Joan Blondell, Powell's friend and co-worker.

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Dick Powell
as Jimmy Higgens
Ruby Keeler
as Barbara Hemingway
Joan Blondell
as Mabel Anderson
Zasu Pitts
as Matilda Ounce Hemingway
Hugh Herbert
as Ezra Ounce
Guy Kibbee
as Horace
Sammy Fain
as Buttercup Baumer
Phil Regan
as Johnny Harris
Leila Bennett
as Laura the Maid
Berton Churchill
as H. Ellsworthy Todd
Pat Harper
as Chorus Girl
Ruth Eddings
as Chorus Girl
Patricia Harper
as Chorus Girl
De Don Blunier
as Chorus Girl
Diane Douglas
as Chorus Girl
Gloria Faythe
as Chorus Girl
Diana Douglas
as Chorus Girl
Lester Dorr
as Elevator Starter
Harry Holman
as Spanish War Veteran
Frank Darien
as Druggist
Eddie Kane
as Harry, the Stage Manager
Charles Williams
as Dance Director
Phil Tead
as Reporter
Johnny Arthur
as Billings the Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Dames

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The movie belongs to Berkeley and his wondrous production numbers, which are all erotic fantasies.

March 14, 2016 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

Spectacular black-and-white eye-catching numbers.

April 24, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The most Berkeleyesque of all [his films], for all the good and bad that entails.

September 28, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Dames


Textbook Busby Berkeley musical starts off slowly and actually is a bit trying but once they get the inane plot out of the way and hit the stage it becomes a sort of bizarre fever dream. Joan Blondell is as saucy as ever but Ruby Keeler's appeal mystifies today, she's pert but a rather graceless dancer, her main claim to fame, a singer of no distinction and a gee golly kind of actress so saccharine you almost feel your teeth hurt.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

While it starts off a little slow (what do you want it's 1934), it finishes with a delightfully giddy third act. Busby Berkley is as insane and amazing as you've heard (and if you haven't heard, you have now). Extra kudos for the dancing underpants scene and the titular final song.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


Great early musical. The "I Only Have Eyes For You" number is really something.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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