WriterJames Ashmore Creelman, Herman J. Mankiewicz Release date1932 (1932) CastMiriam Hopkins (Duke Taylor), Jack Oakie (Duke Taylor), William Collier (Floyd Stevens), Eugene Pallette (Gus), Lyda Roberti (Fanny Zabowolski), George Raft (Louie Brooks) Similar moviesMan of the World (1931), Thunderbolt (1929), Citizen Kane (1941), A Womans Secret (1949), The Road to Mandalay (1926)
Dancers in the Dark is a 1932 American Pre-Code film about a taxi dancer (Miriam Hopkins), a big band leader (Jack Oakie), and a gangster (George Raft). The screenplay was written by Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane), Brian Marlow and Howard Emmett Rogers from Jazz King, a stage drama by James Ashmore Creelman, and directed by David Burton.
The story takes place at a downtown dance hall in which Duke Taylor is the band leader, Gloria Bishop the singer, Floyd Stevens the saxophonist and Louie Brooks a local gangster and regular patron.
Gloria has a "past" with both Duke and Louie but as the film opens is falling for Floyd. Floyd is steady and true but might not be if he knew more about her romantic history. Duke thinks Gloria is not good enough for Floyd who he treats as a brother. Louie is interested in having her back but not as much as he wants to rob premises upstairs from the dance hall.
Floyd proposes to Gloria; she accepts but is worried about her past and puts him off. Duke manoeuvres him out of town for a few months and sets about luring Gloria back to him to expose her shallow nature. The ploy fails because he starts to fall in love with her as well. In the meantime the robbery takes place (off screen) and Louie kills someone but isn't caught. Floyd comes back and after a rapid sequence of misunderstandings and the arrival of the police looking for Louie everything works out nicely.
Miriam Hopkins as Gloria Bishop
Jack Oakie as Duke Taylor
George Raft as Louie Brooks
William Collier, Jr. as Floyd Stevens
Eugene Pallette as Gus
Lyda Roberti as Fanny Zabowolski
Paul Fix as Benny
Adelaide Hall (Hall's singing voice is used but she is uncredited on the movie credits)