Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

89-90 mins | Drama | 30 August 1940

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Have It Your Own Way . It was also reviewed as Dance, Girls, Dance . HR production charts list Joseph August, not Russell Metty as photographer. According to a news item in HR , Dorothy Arzner stepped in to direct this picture after Roy Del Ruth quit over creative differences with Erich ... More Less

The working title of this film was Have It Your Own Way . It was also reviewed as Dance, Girls, Dance . HR production charts list Joseph August, not Russell Metty as photographer. According to a news item in HR , Dorothy Arzner stepped in to direct this picture after Roy Del Ruth quit over creative differences with Erich Pommer. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
28 Aug 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
27 Aug 40
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Aug 40
p. 53.
New York Times
11 Oct 40
p. 25.
Variety
28 Aug 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Morning Star," "Jitterbug Bite," music by Edward Ward, lyrics by Chester Forrest and Robert Wright
"Oh Mother, What Do I Do Now," music and lyrics by Chester Forrest and Bob Wright.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Have It Your Own Way
Release Date:
30 August 1940
Production Date:
15 April--early July 1940
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 August 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9921
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89-90
Length(in feet):
8,051
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6247
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While dancing at the Palais Royale in Akron, Ohio, Bubbles, a cynical blonde chorine, and Judy O'Brien, an aspiring young ballerina, meet Jimmy Harris, the scion of a wealthy family. Both women are attracted to Jimmy, a tormented young man who is still in love with his estranged wife Elinor. Back in New York, Bubbles finds work in a burlesque club, while Madame Basilova, the girls' teacher and manager, arranges an audition for Judy with ballet impresario Steve Adams. En route to the audition, Madame Basilova is run over by a car and killed, and Judy, intimidated by the other dancers, flees before she can meet Steve. As she leaves the building, Judy shares an elevator with Steve, who offers her a cab ride, but she is unaware of who he is and rejects his offer. Soon after, Bubbles, now called Tiger Lily the burlesque queen, offers Judy a job as her stooge in the Bailey Brothers burlesque show and, desperate, she accepts. One night, both Jimmy and Steve attend the performance, and Judy leaves with Jimmy and tears up the card that Steve left for her. The next night, while at a nightclub with Judy, Jimmy has a fistfight with his ex-wife's new husband, and the next day their pictures appear in the newspaper. Bubbles, furious with Judy for stealing Jimmy, appears at the girl's apartment, where she finds Jimmy drunk on the doorstep and sweeps him away to the marriage bureau. Meanwhile, Steve's secretary, Miss Olmstead, also sees Judy's picture in the paper and identifies her as the dancer who had come to audition. That night, Steve attends Judy's ... +


While dancing at the Palais Royale in Akron, Ohio, Bubbles, a cynical blonde chorine, and Judy O'Brien, an aspiring young ballerina, meet Jimmy Harris, the scion of a wealthy family. Both women are attracted to Jimmy, a tormented young man who is still in love with his estranged wife Elinor. Back in New York, Bubbles finds work in a burlesque club, while Madame Basilova, the girls' teacher and manager, arranges an audition for Judy with ballet impresario Steve Adams. En route to the audition, Madame Basilova is run over by a car and killed, and Judy, intimidated by the other dancers, flees before she can meet Steve. As she leaves the building, Judy shares an elevator with Steve, who offers her a cab ride, but she is unaware of who he is and rejects his offer. Soon after, Bubbles, now called Tiger Lily the burlesque queen, offers Judy a job as her stooge in the Bailey Brothers burlesque show and, desperate, she accepts. One night, both Jimmy and Steve attend the performance, and Judy leaves with Jimmy and tears up the card that Steve left for her. The next night, while at a nightclub with Judy, Jimmy has a fistfight with his ex-wife's new husband, and the next day their pictures appear in the newspaper. Bubbles, furious with Judy for stealing Jimmy, appears at the girl's apartment, where she finds Jimmy drunk on the doorstep and sweeps him away to the marriage bureau. Meanwhile, Steve's secretary, Miss Olmstead, also sees Judy's picture in the paper and identifies her as the dancer who had come to audition. That night, Steve attends Judy's performance at which the audience is given a lecture by Judy about the evils of viewing women as objects. This is followed by a fight between her and Bubbles over Jimmy. Hauled into night court, Judy is sentenced to ten days in jail but is bailed out by Steve. The next day, when Judy goes to meet her benefactor, she recognizes Steve, who hails her as his new discovery and promises to make her a star. +

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

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