Dance, Girl, Dance(September 1, 1933)
Released on September 1, 1933: A girl from Erie, Pennsylvania learns that fame on Broadway takes more than just dancing skills.
Directed by Frank R. Strayer
Written by Robert Ellis.
The Actors: Alan Dinehart (Wade 'Val' Valentine), Evalyn Knapp (Sally Patter), Edward J. Nugent (Joe Pitt), Ada May (Claudette), Mae Busch (Lou Kendall), Theodore von Eltz (Phil Norton), Gloria Shea (Cleo Darville), George Grandee (Mozart), Alexander Pollard (head waither), Hal Price (counter man), Henry Roquemore (firing theater manager).
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Show Business and Funny Business
There are plenty of motion pictures that give us a back stage view of show business, but this is one of the first, and possibly one of the most realistic. It is a look at the girls who entertain us, and the men . . . both good and bad . . . that run the business. Sally Patter is a girl from Erie, Pennsylvania who gets swept off her feet by Joe, a young Vaudeville comic passing through town, and she joins his act and leaves Erie for the big world of show business. We join them in New York where we discover that she doesn't have a lot of natural talent for Vaudeville or the theater . . . and Joe has even less. Joe is already eyeing another young girl who is a magician's helper, and as Sally gets dumped by Joe, a hard-boiled talent promoter takes Sally under her wings. Yup, I said 'her' wings. Lou Kendall is a hard boiled gal familiar with the good and bad of show business. Lou advises Sally that she should go back home to Erie, Pennsylvania, but it turns out that Sally is pregnant with Joe's baby, even though they are not married, so Sally's folks would never allow her to return home. Lou introduces Sally to a Broadway producer, 'Val' Valentine, who is the only man in show business that works it like a business, not a playground. Ahhh, but Val needs a show business 'angel' to provide the money for his shows, and wealthy playboy girl chaser Phil Norton fills that bill. Now we have the players - Sally, the girl from Erie who wants to become famous but just cannot dance, her jerk baby's father with good looks but no talent, Lou the older lady who knows her way around show business and will help Sally, Val, the Broadway producer trying to give Sally an even break, and Norton the wealthy girl-chasing playboy. It turns out that although Sally can't dance her way out of a paper bag, she can sing like a nightingale and write songs that earn a fortune, and fame is in her future. Ahhh, but now that she is rich and famous her jerk baby's father returns to town penniless and is after Sally again, along with everyone else in New York. How is a girl from Erie, Pennsylvania to handle this? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn in a big cast iron skillet and pour plenty of warm, real butter on top and enjoy the show!
Evalyn Knapp movie title screen
Ada May movie title screen
Alan Dinehart movie title screen
Edward J. Nugent movie title screen
Gloria Shea and George Grandee title screen
Mae Busch and Theodore von Eltz movie title screen
Alan Dinehart and George Grandee behind the stage
Edward J. Nugent and Evalyn Knapp doing their Vaudeville act
Edward J. Nugent as a waiter, serves Evalyn Knapp her champagne
Edward J. Nugent hits on magician's helper Gloria Shea
Evalyn Knapp between dances talks to Alan Dinehart
Evalyn Knapp and Edward J. Nugent sucking up to Mae Busch
Evalyn Knapp and Mae Busch want to meet Alan Dinehart
Evalyn Knapp sings like a nightingale
George Gandee as Mozart, the pianist for Alan Dinehart's Broadway productions
Gloria Shea and Edward J. Nugent
Hal Price as the diner counter man
Henry Roquemore fires Gloria Shea and Edward J. Nugent
Mae Busch convinces Alan Dinehart to give Sally a break
Mae Bush and Evalyn Knapp catch Edward J. Nugent flirting with Gloria Shea
Mae Busch as Lou Kendall in Dance, Girl, Dance
Mae Busch in Dance, Girl Dance
Theodore von Eltz and Alan Dinehart in Dance, Girl, Dance