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Film: Dance, Girl, Dance

  • Wadhams Free Library 763 New York 22 Westport, NY, 12993 United States (map)


directed by Dorothy Arzner, 1940, USA, 90 minutes

Starring: Maureen O’Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball, Ralph Bellamy, Maria Ouspenskayas

“The great part of the motion-picture audience is feminine. Box-office appeal is thought of largely in terms of the women lined up at the ticket window. If there are no women directors there ought to be. If one was going to be in the movie business, one should be a director. Sometimes I think that pride is the greatest obstacle to success. A silly false pride that keeps people from being willing to learn, from starting at the bottom, no matter how far down it may be, and learning every step of the way up. When I went to work in a studio, I took my pride, made a nice little ball of it and threw it right out the window.”

—Dorothy Arzner

Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man.

*Heirloom, yet fresh, popcorn will be served. Grown in South Hero, VT by Allen Wilder, Pop Hero Popcorn

free and open to the public


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