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Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 30 August 1940 (USA)
When a troupe of danseuses becomes unemployed, one of them takes up burlesque dancing while another dreams of performing ballet.

Directors:

Dorothy Arzner, Roy Del Ruth (uncredited)

Writers:

Tess Slesinger (screen play), Frank Davis (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Judy O'Brien
Louis Hayward ... Jimmy Harris
Lucille Ball ... Bubbles
Virginia Field ... Elinor Harris
Ralph Bellamy ... Steve Adams
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Madame Lydia Basilova
Mary Carlisle ... Sally
Katharine Alexander ... Miss Olmstead
Edward Brophy ... Dwarfie Humblewinger
Walter Abel ... Judge
Harold Huber ... Hoboken Gent
Ernest Truex ... Bailey #1
Chester Clute ... Bailey #2
Lorraine Krueger ... Dolly
Lola Jensen Lola Jensen ... Daisy
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Storyline

Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Heartbreak Behind Gayety of a Girly-Girl Show!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dance, Girl, Dance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System) (as R C A Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lucille Ball and Maureen O'Hara became inseparable friends while shooting this film, and remained lifelong friends until Ball's death in 1989. O'Hara was having lunch with her when Ball first saw her future husband Desi Arnaz. See more »

Quotes

Bubbles: I always was a mind reader.
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Connections

References Ferdinand the Bull (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Jitterbug Bite
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest (as Chester Forrest) and Bob Wright (as Robert Wright)
Sung by Lucille Ball in the Bailey Brothers Burlesque Theater (uncredited)
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A fine film by a great early female Hollywood director!
16 May 2016 | by talisencrwSee all my reviews

A really fun film that I found in my Maureen O'Hara TCM 4-pack that I highly recommend if you enjoy films from that era. I like the two films I've seen so far from Arzner, who was one of the earliest and most successful of female directors and I believe the first openly lesbian one--the other work I've seen of hers is the great pre-Code look at alcoholism, 'Merrily We Go to Hell'.

This is great if you either like musicals from the era, are a Maureen O'Hara or Lucille Ball enthusiast (holy, she was unbelievably a knockout in her early filmic days!) or are simply curious about the works of early female and/or lesbian directors. Arzner--at least in the two films I have seen from her thus far--showed she truly deserved to be successful in the industry.


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