Dance Team (1932)

57 or 76 mins | Comedy-drama | 17 January 1932

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Cinematographer:

James Wong Howe

Editor:

Margaret Clancy

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a memo in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department for this film, director Sidney Lanfield and writer Edwin Burke wanted to change to name of the character "Dervaline," the circus clown who kills himself, to "Marceline," which was the name of a famous clown of the New York Hippodrome who died years earlier. Ultimately, the name "Dervaline" was used. Sources vary greatly concerning the film's running time. The time of 57 minutes, listed in later MPH release charts, may have been for a shortened version. Var notes that the film was reported to have cost only $160,000, which was considerably less than most Fox productions of the time. FD calls it "easily the best of all the many stories of hoofers that have reached the screen." According to NYT , James Dunn appeared on stage at the Roxy Theatre in New York before the showing of this film, performing a scene from Bad Girl (see above), an earlier hit in which he starred with Sally ... More Less

According to a memo in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department for this film, director Sidney Lanfield and writer Edwin Burke wanted to change to name of the character "Dervaline," the circus clown who kills himself, to "Marceline," which was the name of a famous clown of the New York Hippodrome who died years earlier. Ultimately, the name "Dervaline" was used. Sources vary greatly concerning the film's running time. The time of 57 minutes, listed in later MPH release charts, may have been for a shortened version. Var notes that the film was reported to have cost only $160,000, which was considerably less than most Fox productions of the time. FD calls it "easily the best of all the many stories of hoofers that have reached the screen." According to NYT , James Dunn appeared on stage at the Roxy Theatre in New York before the showing of this film, performing a scene from Bad Girl (see above), an earlier hit in which he starred with Sally Eilers. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
3 Jan 32
p. 9.
HF
28 Nov 31
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 31
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Feb 32
p. 31.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Jan 32
p. 27, 30
New York Times
16 Jan 32
p. 13.
Variety
19 Jan 32
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
WRITER
Scr and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Settings
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting dir
Tech dance dir and double for James Dunn
Tech dance dir and double for Sally Eilers
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Dance Team by Sarah Addington (New York, 1931).
SONGS
"I Saw My Future in Your Eyes," words and music by James F. Hanley.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 January 1932
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 January 1932
Production Date:
began 2 November 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 December 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2736
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57 or 76
Length(in feet):
7,500
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Jimmy Mulligan, an ambitious out-of-work Bostonian, meets Poppy Kirk, who recently lost her job as a cigarette girl, when they both dance some steps in front of a radio shop in New York City. Jimmy, who boasts he will be the dancing sensation of New York, is overjoyed to learn that Poppy also wants to be a dancer. At a five-cent dance hall, Poppy rhapsodizes that she forgets her troubles when she is dancing, and Jimmy is astonished to find someone else who really knows what dancing is. After he starts a fight when another dancer bumps Poppy, they are thrown out. In her room in an apartment house filled with many out-of-work actors, they decide to become the dance team of "Mulligan and Kirk" and agree to not let love interfere with their dream. When Poppy gets discouraged, Jimmy cheers her up, and his promise to stick by her always is sealed with a friendly kiss, which turns passionate. After a stunt devised by Jimmy to get them a job ends in a fight, Poppy convinces him to persist. At Roseland dance hall, they attract the attention of agent Benny Weber, who gets them a job as Spanish dancers in a "chop suey joint." As they are about to go on, Poppy glimpses Jimmy praying for her to be great. She sprains her ankle, however, and cannot go on. After Jimmy gets work as a tour bus barker, a woman tries to entice him to visit her apartment. He gives in, but later wakens Poppy in the middle of the night to tell her that he loves ... +


Jimmy Mulligan, an ambitious out-of-work Bostonian, meets Poppy Kirk, who recently lost her job as a cigarette girl, when they both dance some steps in front of a radio shop in New York City. Jimmy, who boasts he will be the dancing sensation of New York, is overjoyed to learn that Poppy also wants to be a dancer. At a five-cent dance hall, Poppy rhapsodizes that she forgets her troubles when she is dancing, and Jimmy is astonished to find someone else who really knows what dancing is. After he starts a fight when another dancer bumps Poppy, they are thrown out. In her room in an apartment house filled with many out-of-work actors, they decide to become the dance team of "Mulligan and Kirk" and agree to not let love interfere with their dream. When Poppy gets discouraged, Jimmy cheers her up, and his promise to stick by her always is sealed with a friendly kiss, which turns passionate. After a stunt devised by Jimmy to get them a job ends in a fight, Poppy convinces him to persist. At Roseland dance hall, they attract the attention of agent Benny Weber, who gets them a job as Spanish dancers in a "chop suey joint." As they are about to go on, Poppy glimpses Jimmy praying for her to be great. She sprains her ankle, however, and cannot go on. After Jimmy gets work as a tour bus barker, a woman tries to entice him to visit her apartment. He gives in, but later wakens Poppy in the middle of the night to tell her that he loves her, and she confesses her love for him as well. They both get jobs at Coney Island, where Weber sees Poppy and introduces her to two millionaires, Alec Prentice, who runs nightclubs for fun, and Frederic Penworthy, who takes an immediate liking to her. Penworthy gets Poppy and Jimmy an audition at Prentice's new nightclub, The Lido, but as Poppy and Jimmy celebrate their success, they learn that her neighbor, a great circus clown who has been unable to get work in three years, has killed himself. Subsequently, Mulligan and Kirk are a hit, but Poppy spends an increasing amount of time with Penworthy, while Jimmy, who now is the target of wealthy socialite Jane Boyden's advances, drinks a lot. When she sees that Jimmy still loves Poppy, Jane encourages him to fight for her, but just as Poppy has decided to try again with Jimmy, he picks a fight with Penworthy and disrupts the Lido. In anger, Poppy agrees to marry Penworthy and breaks up the act. Sometime later, Jimmy, now down-and-out, runs into Herbert Wilson, a former monologist who was Poppy's neighbor. While Jimmy prays for Poppy's happiness, Herb secretly telephones Poppy, and she immediately visits. After Jimmy fights her driver for making insinuations about her, Poppy and Jimmy reconcile and decide to call their first child Kirk Mulligan. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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