Dancing Lady (1933) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dancing Lady (1933)




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Movie Info

A struggling dancer (Joan Crawford) is working in a burlesque house until a wealthy man (Franchot Tone) catches her act. He convinces the makers of the picture he is bankrolling to let her have a shot, despite the protests of its director (Clark Gable). She works hard, though, and soon finds herself a star. Fred Astaire and the Three Stooges make cameo appearances.

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Joan Crawford
as Janie Barlow
Clark Gable
as Patch Gallagher
Franchot Tone
as Tod Newton
May Robson
as Dolly Todhunter - Tod's Grandmother
Fred Astaire
as Himself
Nelson Eddy
as Himself
Winnie Lightner
as Rosette Henrietta La Rue
Robert Benchley
as Ward King
Ted Healy
as Steve
Moe Howard
as Three Stooge
Larry Fine
as Three Stooge
Gloria Foy
as Vivian Warner
Curly Howard
as Stooge #1
Maynard Holmes
as Jasper Bradley Jr.
Sterling Holloway
as Pinky, the Author
Florine McKinney
as Grace Newton
Bonita Barker
as Chorus Girl
Dale Dean
as Chorus Girl
Jean Howard
as Girl in Tod's Entourage
Shirley Aranson
as Chorus Girl
Katharine Barnes
as Chorus Girl
Lynn Bari
as Chorus Girl
Pat Somerset
as Tod's Friend
Charles Williams
as Man Arrested in Burlesque House
Eve Arden
as Marcia, the `Southern' Actress
Matt McHugh
as Marcia's Agent
Harry C. Bradley
as Author's Pal
John Sheehan
as Author's Pal
Stanley Blystone
as Traffic Cop
Cecil Cunningham
as Miss Allen
Charles C. Wilson
as Club Manager
Bill Elliott
as Cafe Extra
Larry Steers
as First Nighter
Marion Weldon
as Chorus Girl
C. Montague Shaw
as First Nighter
Grant Mitchell
as Bradley Sr.
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Critic Reviews for Dancing Lady

All Critics (5)

Elaborate screen revue in which Joan Crawford re-establishes herself as America's dancing daughter.

July 23, 2019 | Full Review…

A rubber-stamp story of the rise of a burlesque dancer, entertaining because of the unalloyed display of Joan Crawford's elegantly stream-line chassis, the occasional dancing of Mr. Fred Astaire, and some good rehearsal scenes.

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…

a mixed bag. It suffers from too much going on in the story.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Spectacular, stylized finale is big plus for backstage musical.

October 2, 2014 | Full Review…

A quintessential Joan Crawford Depression-era backstage melodrama, in which she plays an ambitious showgirl torn between Franchot Tone and Gable.

November 25, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dancing Lady

What an absolute delight. This little gem from 1933 has not gotten anywhere near the acclaim it deserves. If you're a fan of 1930s American cinema (and who isn't?), you have to put "Dancing Lady" on your list. I enjoyed every second of it. I'd even go so far as to say it's my new favorite early-30s movie.

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

A good cast, but an average story of dance and romance between show people and rich people. It wasn't all that interesting, but it's an okay movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

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