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Dance, Fools, Dance

Released Feb 7, 1931 1h 21m Crime Drama List
Reviews 44% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A broke socialite (Joan Crawford) gets a newspaper job and goes undercover at a cafe to expose a bootlegger (Clark Gable). Read More Read Less

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Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A frenetic pre-Code drama. Rated: 3/4 Nov 19, 2023 Full Review Michael W. Phillips, Jr. Goatdog's Movies A wonderful little film on its own, but it's also a handy little primer of early-1930s genre conventions. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 19, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Beaumont directed this preposterous MGM melodrama, starring Joan Crawford as a rich girl, just before Clark Gable became a star and thus could still play a gangsters Rated: C+ Aug 4, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Briskly made pre-Code melodrama. Rated: B- Oct 7, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D It is obvious why the people who became stars did so, and why those that didn't, didn't. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Totally silly and mildly amusing vehicle for a young Joan Crawford. Some of the spoiled antics look dated and juvenile, but it is make watchable somewhat by Crawford and William Bakewell. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Campy early gangster flick based very loosely on Chicago gang wars. Not at all factual but spirited fun with good acting from Gable and Crawford. While it sort of earnestly deals with the St Valentine's Day massacre and the murder of reporter Jake Lingle , Clark Gable is no Al Capone :) Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member The first pairing of Crawford and Gable is Good. Both would go on to improve as the talkies continued to get better technically. The film I viewed had an excessive amount of scratches, although it was probably the best print available. The basic plot of the film needs work. It can't seem to stick to one theme and execute it before moving on to something else. The hysterical theatrics involved in the film do not necessarily reflect the times as this kind of reaction was only seen in the movies -- as we see here. Nevertheless, it's good enough to watch, and it's a movie you like despite the ridiculous ending. I guess they had to do it because high society girls had to be saved from the grind of the work day world. The world that all the rest of us inhabit. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member ~ A classic of the early '30's - especially the Crawford tap scene at almost an hour - and more of a Prohibition era crime yarn than a dance movie. A brother & sister's world goes akimbo in the wake of current events, the Crash of '29, and they're forced naively into a darkening & unfamiliar world. Some of Crawford's lines about sampling a relationship before jumping-in are startling for what one thought were the more conservative, coquettish mores of the day. ~ Not great perhaps, it's still a good look at the legendary pairing of Gable & Crawford in the crank 'em out movie-a-month studio system. ~ Of interest, Gable is listed with the full-screen cast of Supporting Players, not as a headliner. Crawford is still a beauty here; in just 2-yrs she would begin the morph into the unattractive middle & older aged lady she became. | ~ Norm de Guerre Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Joan Crawford suffers again. When here family is ruined by mobster Clark Gable, she becomes a reporter and sets out to get her revenge. Fairly standard stuff, but worth watching for some of the pre-Code sexiness and being loosely based on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, which only happened two years before this film came out. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A broke socialite (Joan Crawford) gets a newspaper job and goes undercover at a cafe to expose a bootlegger (Clark Gable).
Harry Beaumont
Richard Schayer, Aurania Rouverol
Production Co
Crime, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 7, 1931, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 23, 2017
1h 21m
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