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According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Burlesque (the working title for The Dance of Life) was 1 Mar 1929.
       Several cast members recreated their roles from the Broadway production of Burlesque, including Hal Skelly, Oscar Levant, Charles D. Brown and Ralph Theodore. The Dance of Life was the first feature film for Skelly (1891--1934) and Levant (1906--1972). ...

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According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Burlesque (the working title for The Dance of Life) was 1 Mar 1929.
       Several cast members recreated their roles from the Broadway production of Burlesque, including Hal Skelly, Oscar Levant, Charles D. Brown and Ralph Theodore. The Dance of Life was the first feature film for Skelly (1891--1934) and Levant (1906--1972).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50
Film Daily
25 Aug 1929
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New York Times
16 Aug 1929
p. 18
Variety
21 Aug 1929
p. 18
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
David Selznick
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Lighting
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
Harry D. Mills
Rec eng
DANCE
Choreog
PRODUCTION MISC
General Manager West Coast Productions
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Burlesque by George Manker Watters and Arthur Hopkins (New York, 1 Sep 1927).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
SONGS
"True Blue Lou," "King of Jazzmania," "Cuddlesome Baby," "The Flippity Flop" and "Ladies of the Dance," words and music by Richard A. Whiting, Leo Robin and Sam Coslow; "Sweet Rosie O'Grady," words and music by Maude Nugent; "In the Gloaming," words and music ny Annie Fortesque Harrison; "Sam, the Old Accordian Man," words and music by Walter Donaldson.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Burlesque
Release Date:
7 September 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 Aug 1929
Production Date:
began 1 Mar 1929
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
7 September 1929
LP672
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,488 ft.
Duration(in mins):
115
Length(in feet):
10,619
Length(in reels):
13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Skid, a burlesque entertainer, and Bonny, a specialty dancer, meet, fall in love, and marry. As a comedy-dance team they play the circuit until Skid gets an offer from a Broadway talent scout. Bonny remains "on the road" while Skid, a sensation in New York, resumes an affair with Sylvia Marco, an old flame in the same show. Aware that Skid is unfaithful, Bonny decides to divorce him and marry wealthy rancher Harvey Howell. Unable to go on without Bonny, Skid begins to drink heavily, and he loses his job. Bonny returns and helps Skid walk through the first performance of his new ...

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Skid, a burlesque entertainer, and Bonny, a specialty dancer, meet, fall in love, and marry. As a comedy-dance team they play the circuit until Skid gets an offer from a Broadway talent scout. Bonny remains "on the road" while Skid, a sensation in New York, resumes an affair with Sylvia Marco, an old flame in the same show. Aware that Skid is unfaithful, Bonny decides to divorce him and marry wealthy rancher Harvey Howell. Unable to go on without Bonny, Skid begins to drink heavily, and he loses his job. Bonny returns and helps Skid walk through the first performance of his new job.

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GENRE
Genres:
Sub-genre:
Show business, with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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