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Dancing Lady Reviews

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June 7, 2016
Joan Crawford when she was young and beautiful, Clark Gable when he was young, the first movie appearance of Fred Astaire, Franchot Tone, and the Three Stooges, Moe, Larry and Curly; the cast makes this a must-see movie. A down and out dancer finds love and success in this delightful, highly entertaining film. If you are a movie history buff, this is required viewing, with the biggest stars of the 1930s. This is also an example of a pre-code enforcement film, with a revealing burlesque show at the start, and Joan Crawford flaunting her body throughout the movie, dancing in a skimpy outfit, swimming with a muscular Franchot Tone, and in the gym with Clark Gable. This is an early Joan Crawford story, when she was the hero of many poor Great Depression era women with her real life story and movie theme of rags to riches.
½ September 5, 2015
Nelson Eddy and Fred Astaire as youngins. The 3 stooges. Cute movie and not what I expected.
October 11, 2014
Typical rags-to-riches Crawford vehicle, this time with several production numbers made to cash in on the 42nd STREET success; the glittery cast includes Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Winnie Lightner, Nelson Eddy and - in his film debut - Fred Astaire. The hit song was "Everything I Have Is Yours."
August 2, 2014
Enjoyed it. The show that Joan (Janie) stars in is utterly lavish. I mean that there is no way it could have actually been on stage with any sort of reasonable budget. As a number in a movie musical it would be great; it is unbelievable that the audience at a Broadway show in the '30s would have seen that (and then just clapped politely). So, worth seeing if you like this sort of thing.
January 12, 2014
Joan Crawford is a dancer (???) caught in a boring love triangle with two men, one of them is Clark Gable. It's a pretty unoriginal backstage romance tale that's mainly worth watching for the big MGM cast that includes Fred Astaire in his film debut and playing himself, Robert Benchley, and the Three Stooges when they were still billed as "Ted Healy and His Stooges."
½ October 7, 2013
A quintessential Joan Crawford Depression-era backstage melodrama, in which she plays an ambitious showgirl torn between Franchot Tone and Gable.
January 16, 2013
The story is thin at best and Crawford is kind of a terrible dancer (made especially evident when she's dancing next to old smoothie Fred Astaire) but this is an enjoyable enough little romp that only offers more proof regarding what a dishy sly wolf Clark Gable was. Also, his extremely high cut pants are an endlessly hilarious bonus.
January 26, 2012
Oh, that was a fun movie to watch.
½ December 28, 2011
After watching Grease, I was hoping for a more moral musical. But apparently the 1970s and 1930s have something in common -- condoning the sordid side of humanity. What a bummer of a night! Fred Astaire's first film appearance was this film's only redeeming factor for me, but still hardly worth the sad theme to get to it.
October 16, 2011
The fourth of eight collaborations between Crawford & Gable, and it is their easy, and all too real, chemistry which anchors this film about a tough girl determined to be a dancer at all costs, the rich man who wants her, and the Broadway director she desperately wants to impress. You can smell every twist in the plot a mile off, but it can't be denied that sparks fly whenever the two protagonists start bickering.

Notable also for being Fred Astaire's first appearance on film, playing himself in a dance sequence with Crawford. Also one of the earliest appearances for the 3 stooges.
Bill D 2007
Super Reviewer
August 19, 2011
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.
April 9, 2011
There was some actually charming moments in this melodrama, but the "show" at the end really pushed it into the real of surreal and stupid. Ms. Crawford was rather...vulnerable, which made her kinda nice to watch. Franchot was creeeeeepy, Clark Gable was yelly and cute, and I even laughed at the Three Stooges.
January 20, 2011
A hooftastic hoedown from Joan, plowing up the dancefloor at the height of her Depression-era typecasting as the hard-boiled floozy who just wants to dance, damn it, and to hell with anyone who gets in her way. It's easy to see why the world's shopgirls so loved her: she's a wise-cracking, gum-chewing hoot, but never anything less than classy. The David O Selznick touch is clear - this is pacy, glossy fun. A screwball montage of Joan pursuing Gable all around town feels unexpectedly ahead of its time. Gable as the whip cracking theatre director is a laugh, as are his and Joan's traditional fireworks along the way to their lip-puckering finale. There's a startlingly sexy scene when Joan pulls a hammy and Clark gives her a leg rub, which must have caused palpitations in 1933. Ditto Joan's stripper routine in the opening burlesque. Sugar daddy playboy Franchot Tone is a stand out. What a looker he was. It was during the filming of this one that Joan found her eye wandering in his direction for real. Not hard to see why. Clark was apparently mighty displeased. 'Dancing Lady' was Clark and Joan's first pairing in a couple of years, thanks to Louis B Mayer relaxing their enforced separation/punishment for adultery. Old prude. Clark must have thought he and Joan would be on for young and old again, but Joan had other ideas: Franchot. Clark clinched her on screen but Franchot clinched her in the trailer. Saucy times. Fred Astaire makes his film debut in 'Dancing Lady', playing himself. Apparently, he filmed his bits in a two week window before starting with RKO. His 'Hi Ho, the Gang's All Here' number with Joan is absolutely glorious. I hummed the tune for days. The Three Stooges also make a surreal appearance - just like Fred, movie stardom was still ahead of them here.
Super Reviewer
September 29, 2010
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.
August 2, 2010
Joan Crawford and Clark Gable's awesome chemistry (they had the on-screen romance and an off-screen one lasting over 20 years throughout both of their marriages), the Three Stooges, and Fred Astaire. Enough said.
½ June 25, 2010
This is one of those oddity classics that is a must see for that reason alone. Stars Joan Crawford (that even in 1933 was too old for the part she played here) ...and she plays a dancer (and she never could really dance) and she is co-starring with a wonderfully good looking and young Clark Gable (who gives the best performance in THIS film) and hey wait a minute - is that the 3 Stooges all in this movie with Crawford and Gable? Why yes it is - they have scenes through-out the film - Moe, a piano playing Larry, and Curly - slapping and poking their way along in this...and hey wait a minute - you have Fred Astaire on there to do a dance or 2 with her and then he's gone (and he was a huge star by this time) Nelson Eddy and a very young Sterling Holloway. Its all a little bizzarre but never-the-less entertaining.
½ March 8, 2010
i love the dancing!!!! the songs!!!! and the ending!!!!
November 15, 2009
i simple loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
½ September 12, 2009
What an amazing cast! It would be hard not to like a movie that stars Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Fred Astaire and even the Three Stooges! I loved it, great fun, good music and some terrific dancing.
½ August 23, 2009
The Good: Fred Astaire is divine in his first role. The Three Stooges are real fun in an early turn.

The Bad: The story is nothing that Hollywood wasn't churning out like butter a million times previous. Busby Berkley those numbers are not and the musical itself makes little to no sense.

The Ugly: Good God Joan Crawford, regardless of what she fancied herself, CAN NOT DANCE. Astaire is her saving grace as he was a strong enough pattern he could improve anyone's performance but soloing? Yuck...
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