Dance, Girl, Dance

Dance, Girl, Dance

Maureen O'Hara
Director: Dorothy Arzner Cast: Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
, Louis Hayward
Louis Hayward
, Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
Dorothy Arzner

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Overview

Based on a story by Vicki Baum (of Grand Hotel) fame, Dance, Girl, Dance finds innocent young Judy (Maureen O'Hara) journeying to the Big Apple in hopes of gaining fame as a classical dancer. Instead she ends up as the "stooge" for raucous strip-tease artist Bubbles (Lucille Ball), who attempts to perform ballet before leering, catcalling, unappreciative burlesque audiences. There's little love lost between Judy and Bubbles, especially when both girls fall for playboy Jimmy Harris (Louis Hayward), a rivalry that culminates in a hair-pulling, eye-scratching cat fight. Eventually, Harris's ex-wife (Virginia Field) reels him back in, and Judy is hired by ballet producer and entrepreneur Steve Adams (Ralph Bellamy). In recent years, Dance, Girl, Dance has been canonized as a feminist manifesto, due to the fact that Dorothy Arzner was the director and because of Maureen O'Hara's climactic burlesque-house speech, in which she lambastes the male spectators for their puerile chauvinism. It should be noted, however, that Arzner became director only after Roy Del Ruth pulled out of the project. Uncertain how to promote the film, RKO Radio elected to sneak it into its first-run houses without fanfare, and the result was a $400,000 loss for the studio.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2020
UPC: 0715515246217
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 4,145

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maureen O'Hara Judy O'Brien
Louis Hayward Jimmy Harris
Lucille Ball Bubbles/Tiger Lily White
Ralph Bellamy Steve Adams
Virginia Field Elinor Harris
Walter Abel Judge
Maria Ouspenskaya Mme. Lydia Basilova
Mary Carlisle Sally
Katherine Alexander Miss Olmstead
Edward S. Brophy Dwarfie
Harold Huber Hoboken Gent
Ernest Truex Bailey No. 1
Chester Clute Bailey No. 2
Lorraine Krueger Dolly
Lola Jensen Daisy
Emma Dunn Mrs. Simpson
Sidney Blackmer Puss In Boots
Vivien Fay Lead Ballerina
Ludwig Stossel Caesar
Erno Verebes Fitch
Wade Boteler Actor
Paul E. Burns Actor
Leo Cleary Clerk
Clyde Cook Claude
Gino Corrado Waiter
Kernan Cripps Bailiff
Paul Fung Chinese Waiter
Lew Harvey Actor
Milt Kibbee Actor
Bob McKenzie Fat Man
Philip Morris Policeman
Robert E. O'Connor Actor
Lee Phelps Plainclothesman
Paul Phillips Reporter
Dewey Robinson Nightclub Manager
Ralph Sanford Taxi Driver
Lee Shumway Policeman
Harry Tyler Barker
Lee "Lasses" White Stage Manager
Marjorie Woodworth Jane

Technical Credits
Dorothy Arzner Director
James H. Anderson Asst. Director
Frank Davis Screenwriter
Harry E. Edington Producer
Chester Forrest Score Composer
Ernst Matray Choreography
Hugh McDowell Sound/Sound Designer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Erich Pommer Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Tess Slesinger Screenwriter
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Edward Ward Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Wise Editor
Robert Wright Score Composer

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