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Dancing Lady
Dancing Lady
Actors: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, May Robson, Winnie Lightner
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2006     1hr 32min

A Broadway chorine (Joan Crawford) needs a little help with her hoofing, so her dance director (Clark Gable) gets an idea. A good idea. "Do you feel like going through that opening number with Mr. Astaire?" And Fred Astair...  more »


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Actors: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, May Robson, Winnie Lightner
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Creators: Robert Benchley, David O. Selznick, John W. Considine Jr., Allen Rivkin, James Warner Bellah, P.J. Wolfson, Zelda Sears
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Musicals
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Format: DVD - Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/20/2006
Original Release Date: 11/24/1933
Theatrical Release Date: 11/24/1933
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 12/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In this glossy 1933 hit, Joan Crawford is an aspiring dancer who wants a chance to make it big. She meets a rich playboy (Franchot Tone), who, behind the scenes, paves the way for her to get her big break. He arranges for her to get a part in the new Broadway musical directed by Clark Gable, who grudgingly gives her a part, after he realizes that she does, in fact, have talent.This is an MGM extravaganza in which the studio pulled out all the stops. There is something for everyone. Look for Busby Berkley-esque musical numbers, cameo performances by the three stooges, Fred Astaire's screen debut as Joan's dancing partner, and a Nelson Eddy performance that pre-dates his Jeanette MacDonald days. This is definitely an oldie but a goodie.Delightful performances are given by the entire cast. Joan Crawford can, in fact, dance and is terrific in her role. Gable is definitely on his way to becoming a screen heart throb. This is also one of Franchot Tone's most ingratiating performances, as he looks like he is really besotted with Ms. Crawford. It comes as no surprise that he later became her second husband, as his performance is positively inspired. The film is vintage Hollywood. Joan Crawford fans will love it, as will anyone who enjoys classic films."
Lawrence Rapchak | Whiting, IN United States | 10/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"So where's the DVD???

MGM's answer to Warner Brothers' "42nd Street", which was released earlier in 1933.

Produced by David Selznick-
Clark Gable at his dashing, tough guy best-
Joan Crawford's fine acting and gawky dancing-
Franchot Tone's suave but unscrupulous Park Avenue beau-
Robert Benchley as a whimsical gossip columnist-
Ted Healey's brash, wise-guy humor AND
his current proteges, The Three Stooges!

PLUS the screen debuts of BOTH Fred Astaire AND Nelson Eddy--inthe SAME FILM!
Songs by Rodgers and Hart and Burton Lane ("Everything I have is Yours")-

AND a wild, zany, over-the-top Musical Finale, including Fred and Joan dancing in the clouds on a flying-carpet which lands
(accompanied by Max-Steiner-ish "King Kong" music) in the middle of an old-world Bavarian beer bash:

"Here in Bavaria
They take good care-a-ya,
In all this area
Skies are clear"

all of this culminating in Rodgers'and Hart's "That's the Rhythm of the Day", with Nelson Eddy singing the praises of the motorized, pulse-pounding world of the "Moderne" age, as quaint figures from past historical eras pass under an archway and are transformed into "hot", jazz-age swingers! Plenty of pre-code girlie shots, including a sequence where a chorus line of old, hobbling grannies are bopped, sawed, hacked, drilled and chopped (all in silhouette behind closed drapes in a futuristic "beauty parlor"), thereby transforming them into young 30's-style babes, while Rodgers' music is honked out in brassy, saxophone-and- banjo-laden brilliance.

The ladies then end up riding a giant mirrored carousel in the sky, with Rodger's tune now transformed into a Tchaikovskian waltz.

And Gable and Crawford kiss for the final fade-out!


And so---will this wacky, wonderful, Depression-era delight ever be preserved on DVD, representing as it does a high-point in sheer lavish Hollywood escapism of the period? Don't hold your breath.

NOTE: During the back-stage scenes, Larry Fine (of the 3 Stooges)plays the company's rehearsal pianist. The script includes a running gag as he works on a jig-saw puzzle on a card table during the slow periods of the rehearsals. When he fits the last piece of the puzzle into the frame, he FINALLY realizes the puzzle's visual subject matter--- "Oi!" he shouts:
"It's Hitler!"

A very timely reference, since Hitler had recently been voted into power in Berlin. I actually saw this scene in a TV print of "Dancing Lady" shown on a local Washington D.C. UHF station in summer of 1975; when I next saw the film--in a revival house in Chicago in 1984, the scene was MISSING. I was even MORE suprised and disappointed upon viewing the commercial VHS release in the late 80's to find that the scene DOES NOT EXIST in the official print. IT will probably never be seen again.

Susan F. Rubin | Kauai, Hawaii | 08/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was so impressed with this great production on DVD. Young, beautiful Joan Crawford is so talented ~ I had no idea. She is vivacious, sexy, dances, sings, dives and swims ~ she absolutely sparkles. Clark Gable is young, handsome, and shows off his athletic body in the gym. Fred Astaire is in his debut in this film where Joan and him dance together. There is also the Three Stooges, as well. It has great fun dialogue, is very technically modern for its time, extremely entertaining, fast paced, and an absolute joy to watch this CLASSIC film ~ WHAT A TREAT!! THEY SURE DON'T MAKE MOVIES LIKE THIS ANYMORE. YOU WILL LOVE IT AS I DO AND PLAY IT AGAIN AND AGAIN!!"
Joan Crawford's Face
Joan Crawford | Lansing, MI USA | 07/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There are a number of reasons you might find MGM's 1933 massive hit DANCING LADY entertaining. It was absolutely designed to be the most entertaining production the movies could offer in its day. MGM put together a great cast, with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable who had already proved to be box office dynamite with earlier pairings films such as POSSESSED. The amazing sexual chemistry is again much in evidence here. Gable is starting to come into his own about this time, and Crawford is continuing to grow as an actress.

The musical numbers are lovely. DANCING LADY was, after all, the film which introduced us all to the timeless standard "Everything I Have is Yours," to which Crawford dances with her husband, Franchot Tone. An interesting bit of trivia about this movie: Crawford was romantically involved with both of her leading men. I think it shows on the screen!

The musical finale is also very amusing; in one number, "That's the Rhythm of the Day," the performers are dressed in vintage 1700s costumes, but as they walk into town they are physically transformed into modern, depression-era Adrian designs! Horse-drawn carriages are transformed into super luxury automobiles! It is one of the most fabulous moments in the film, but there are many more!

There are many ways to find DANCING LADY entertaining, but the best aspect of the film has to be Joan Crawford's face. How people can watch this film and not be moved by it is beyond my understanding. It is one of the most exquisite faces a camera has ever captured, and quite possibly the inspiration for that remarkable picture book, "Four Fabulous Faces."

As an MGM musical, it's very good. As a vehicle for Joan Crawford's face, it's simply great."