The Dance of Life (1929) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Dance of Life (1929)

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A vaudevillian working in a third-rate burlesque show suffers marital turmoil when success swells his head in this silent back-stage melodrama. He celebrates his stardom with a few drinks. Unfortunately, this leads to alcoholism and carousing with other women causing his wife to eventually leave him and find happiness with another. Meanwhile, the vaudevillian teeters on the brink of alcoholic ruin. Fortunately, just before he tumbles into an eternal bottomless pit of hopelessness, she returns to save him and marital bliss resumes. One of the dance scenes was filmed in early two-tone Technicolor. The film was later remade as Swing High, Swing Low (1937) and as When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948).

Cast

A. Edward Sutherland
as Theater Attendant
Nancy Carroll
as Bonny Lee King/Bonny Kaye
Dorothy Revier
as Sylvia Marco
Hal Skelly
as Ralph "Skid" Johnson
John Cromwell
as Doorkeeper
George Irving
as Minister
Ralph Theodore
as Harvey Howell
May Boley
as Gussie
Jim Farley
as Champ Melvin
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