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Dancing in the Dark (1949)





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This musical comedy stars William Powell as Emery Slade, who was once a major film star but lately isn't getting much work. Arrogantly determined to climb back to the top, Slade convinces studio chief Melville Crossman (Adolphe Menjou) to give him the male lead in the film version of a Broadway musical. However, Crossman's offer comes with a catch: Emery has to persuade the show's female lead to appear in the movie. Slade heads to New York to seal the deal, but instead he discovers a gifted young unknown named Julie Clark (Betsy Drake) and decides she's perfect for the role. Crossman is not too enthusiastic about this news, and neither is publicist Bill Davis (Mark Stevens), who is given his pink slip along with Slade. However, Slade is determined to make a career for Julie in Hollywood, though it's not until later that he realizes why he feels so strongly about her. Movie buffs will get a kick out of Menjou's performance, closely modeled on 20th Century Fox boss Darryl F. Zanuck.


William Powell
as Emery Slade
Betsy Drake
as Julie Clarke
Mark Stevens
as Bill Davis
Adolphe Menjou
as Melville Crossman
Randy Stuart
as Rosalie Brooks
Lloyd Corrigan
as John Barker
Hope Emerson
as Mrs. Schlaghammer
Walter Catlett
as Joe Brooks
Don Beddoe
as Barney Basset
Sid Grauman
as Himself
Syd Saylor
as Projectionist
Robert Adler
as Officer
Joe Bautista
as Filipino
Harry Crocker
as Master of Ceremonies
Edward Clark
as Costumer
Max Willenz
as Sommelier
Bob Adler
as Officer
Gregory Gaye
as Headwaiter
Sherry Hall
as Cameraman
Babe London
as Hula Girl
Sally Forrest
as Secretary
Belle Daube
as Board Member
Larry Keating
as Board Member
Claire Whitney
as Board Member
John Davidson
as Board Member
Joseph Crehan
as Board Member
Johnny Berke
as Marshall
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