Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)





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In this film, Joan Crawford and William Bakewell play the spoiled-rotten grown children of stockbroker William Holden. When Wall Street lays its famous egg in 1929, Crawford and Bakewell can no longer pursue their flamboyant lifestyle. Crawford gets a newspaper job, while Bakewell hooks up with a vicious bootlegger.
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Joan Crawford
as Bonnie Jordan
Lester Vail
as Robert 'Bob' Townsend
Cliff Edwards
as Bert Scranton
William Bakewell
as Rodney Jordan
William Holden
as Stanley Jordan
Clark Gable
as Jake Luva
Earl Foxe
as Wally Baxter
Earle Foxe
as Wally Baxter
Purnell Pratt
as Parker
Joan Marsh
as Sylvia
James Donlan
as Police Reporter
Mortimer Snow
as Reporter
Sherry Hall
as Reporter
Robert Livingston
as Jack, a Hood
Tommy Shugrue
as Photographer
Harry Semels
as Dance Extra
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Critic Reviews for Dance, Fools, Dance

All Critics (3)

A wonderful little film on its own, but it's also a handy little primer of early-1930s genre conventions.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Goatdog's Movies

Beaumont directed this preposterous MGM melodrama, starring Joan Crawford as a rich girl, just before Clark Gable became a star and thus could still play a gangsters

Full Review… | August 4, 2011

Briskly made pre-Code melodrama.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Dance, Fools, Dance


Dance, Fools, Dance (1932) Here's another Joan Crawford movie to add to your list. Here, she plays a spoiled rich girl, Bonnie Jordan. Her and her brother, Rodney (William Bakewell) are partying like it's 1999. Bonnie is seeing Bob (Lester Vail) more out of habit. Everything is free and easy. Then the stock market crashes and old man Stanley Jordan, played by William Holden (not the same Bill Holden that you're thinking) collapses on the trading room floor of a heart attack. All of their money is gone, they have to sell the mansion out from under them and (gulp) get a job. They become a pariah by their former rich friends. Even Bob uneasily proposes to Bonnie, out of pitty, which Bonnie turned down. Bonnie gets a job on a newspaper from her dad's old friends, but Roddy is kind of dangling a bit. He falls in with some bootleggers run by Jake Luva (Clark Gable). It doesn't take long before Roddy realizes that he's way over his head with these guys, who massacre a rival gang. Bonnie goes undercover as a dancer in Luva's speak-easy to try to get the goods on him. Jake Luva is taken by her nice legs and is putting the moves on her to her disgust. Maybe Bonnie's is in way over her head too.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

Early Crawford vehicle is decent film with a tough outlook but Joan hadn't quite adapted fully from silents into sound and does a great deal of eye popping to express emotion. She looks sensational though.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A decent pre-code crime film told primarily from the woman's perspective. It's an interesting combination of gangster film and newspaper drama. Joan Crawford puts in a solid performance, but it's Gable (as a bad guy) who's simply electrifying.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

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