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Director  Harry Beaumont
Cinematography  Charles Rosher
Country  United States
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Romance
Costume design  Adrian Adolph Greenberg
Language  English
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Writer  Aurania Rouverol, Richard Schayer
Release date  February 21, 1931 (1931-02-21)
Cast  Joan Crawford (Bonnie), Lester Vail (Bob), Clark Gable (Jake Luva), Cliff Edwards (Bert Scranton), William Bakewell (Rodney), William Holden (Stanley Jordan)
Similar movies  Unlawful Entry, Salt, Mad Max: Fury Road, Irreversible, The Dead Pool, John Wick

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Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) is a pre-Code Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film starring Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and Lester Vail in a story about a reporter investigating the murder of a colleague. Story and dialogue were created by Aurania Rouverol, and the film was directed by Harry Beaumont. Dance, Fools, Dance was the first of eight cinematic collaborations between Crawford and Gable.


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Plot summary

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Former socialite, Bonnie Jordan (Joan Crawford) is a cub reporter whose brother Rodney (William Bakewell) is involved with a beer-running gang. On one caper, he drives the car that guns down a rival gang. Bonnie's journalist colleague Bert Scranton (Cliff Edwards) is murdered when he finds out too much. Gang chief Jake Luva (Clark Gable) is suspected of plotting Scranton's murder and Bonnie investigates, barely escaping with her life after learning the details of the gang's operations. The criminals are brought to justice.


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

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    Photoplay commented, "Again Joan Crawford proves herself a great dramatic actress. The hokum, but it's good hokum and Joan breathes life into her characterization." Andre Sennwald noted in the New York Times, Miss Crawford's acting is still self-conscious, but her admirers will find her performance well up to her standard."

    Box office

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    According to MGM records the film earned $848,000 in the US and Canada and $420,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $524,000.

    Historical note

    The film is loosely based on real-life events of the production's period which occurred in Chicago, such as reporter Jake Lingle's murder by underworld hoodlums and the St. Valentine's Day massacre.


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