The Unfinished Dance (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Unfinished Dance (1948)




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An aspiring ballerina begins following a prima ballerina hoping that she will become her replacement. Unfortunately, another dancer is chosen, causing the determined twinkle-toes to cause a little accident to destroy the usurper's career. It works and the hapless ballerina's career is destroyed. In the end, the conniving one atones for her treachery and the two become fast friends. Danny Thomas makes his feature film debut in this musical.

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Margaret O'Brien
as 'Meg' Merlin
Cyd Charisse
as Mlle. Ariane Bouchet
Danny Thomas
as Mr. Paneros
Thurston Hall
as Mr. Ronsell
Ruth Brady
as Miss Merlin
Charles Gradstreet
as Fred Carleton
Ann Codee
as Mme. Borodin
Gregory Gaye
as Jacques Lacoste
Charles Bradstreet
as Fred Carleton
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Critic Reviews for The Unfinished Dance

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The Unfinished Dance is a big splash of show-off theatre, in which the story is as slickly decorative as are the elaborately staged ballets.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

[Margaret] O'Brien imbues [her character] with the rawness and roughness of a child in need of direction, but her fortitude is never in doubt.

May 12, 2014 | Full Review…

Here is material for a penetrating drama, but the plot is suffused with false glamor, sticky sentiment and Pollyannaish sweetness and light.

July 15, 2021 | Full Review…

[There's] one character whom no man will want to miss. His name is Danny Thomas and he's good. He's a comedian with sympathy and heart interest.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The Hollywood version reduces the great French film to standard fare.

August 30, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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