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Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

After the death of her father and loss of the family fortune, Bonnie gets a job as a cub reporter while her brother becomes involved in bootlegging.

Director:

Harry Beaumont

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Aurania Rouverol (story), Aurania Rouverol (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Bonnie Jordan
Lester Vail ... Bob Townsend
Cliff Edwards ... Bert Scranton
William Bakewell ... Rodney Jordan
William Holden William Holden ... Stanley Jordan
Clark Gable ... Jake Luva
Earle Foxe ... Wally Baxter (as Earl Foxe)
Purnell Pratt ... Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Hale Hamilton ... Mr. Selby
Natalie Moorhead ... Della
Joan Marsh ... Sylvia
Russell Hopton ... Whitey
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Storyline

After her father Stanley Jordan loses his wealth in market, Bonnie goes to work as a cub reporter. Her brother Rodney is the wheel man in a gangland massacre. Bert, a reporter on Bonnie's paper, is murdered while investigating. Bonnie gets to know gang leader Jake Luva and learns how the gang works and that her brother is involved. By the time it's over her wealthy friend Bob sees how wonderful she is and falls in love with her for good. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danzad, locos, danzad See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In real life, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred on February 14, 1929 while the Stock Exchange Crash happened on October 29, 1929. In this film the Crash occurs first. See more »

Goofs

After Bert Scranton is murdered, a reporter named Kelly is shown typing his story, and he spells "assassin" incorrectly as "assasin." See more »

Quotes

Stanley Jordan: [after his daughter Bonnie stayed underwater a long time while swimming, causing everyone to get worried] Oh, you little minx! Sometimes I'm sorry you're too old to spank!
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Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight Sonata)
(1800-01) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by Natalie Moorhead
Reprised on piano by Joan Crawford in a swing version
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4 January 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)

*** (out of 4)

Fun Pre-Code has a father dropping dead when he learns that he's lost everything in the stock market crash of 1929. His daughter (Joan Crawford) and son (William Bakewell) have no money and never had to work a day in their lives until now. She goes to work as a reporter for a newspaper while he gets involved with a gangster (Clark Gable) and soon all three are going to collide. DANCE, FOOLS, DANCE is a must-see if you're a fan of the starts or just this era in history. I always enjoy watching these early films from the 30's because you just never really know what type of wildness you're going to get. The film starts off at a society party where all the young adults decide to go swimming even though there's not enough bathing suits. The entire stuff dealing with the stock market crash was obviously still very hurtful to most in 1931 so many films from this era used it for starting point on a plot. I thought the film was extremely entertaining thanks in large part to the excellent performances with Crawford leading the way. She gets to play a rich society brat, a hard-working reporter and an undercover gangster's girl and she does a very good job with all three. Gable is also excellent as the gangster and there's just no question about it but he and Crawford just had a certainly magic to all their films together. Bakewell is good as the brother and there's nice support from Cliff Edwards and Lester Vail. I'm not going to ruin the ending but it's certainly a great one and something that Tarantino would likely do nearly seventy-years later. DANCE, FOOLS, DANCE is a must see for fans of the genre and there's no question the stars are in good form.


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