Cover image for Dance, girl, dance [DVD] / an RKO Radio Picture ; RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. presents ; produced by Erich Pommer ; screen play by Tess Slesinger and Frank Davis ; story by Vicki Baum ; directed by Dorothy Arzner.
Title:
Dance, girl, dance [DVD] / an RKO Radio Picture ; RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. presents ; produced by Erich Pommer ; screen play by Tess Slesinger and Frank Davis ; story by Vicki Baum ; directed by Dorothy Arzner.
ISBN:
9781419848032
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007]

℗♭2007
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, black and white and color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Dance, Girl, Dance was originally produced as a motion picture in 1940.
Contents:
Feature (approximately 89 min.) -- Just a cute kid (approximately 20 min., 1940) -- Malibu Beach party [a Merrie Melodies cartoon] (1940, approximately 8 min. ; Warner Bros. present ; produced by Leon Schlesinger ; supervision, I. Freleng ; story by Jack Miller ; animation, Gil Turner ; musical direction, Carl W. Stalling).
Abstract:
"Bubbles loves to dance. But she also likes to eat. Her friend Judy may choose to suffer for her art, but not Bubbles. She swaps her ballet shoes for a G-string ... and turns patrons' fantasies into dollars as burlesque sensation Tiger Lily White. Directed by Dorothy Arzner, classic Hollywood's sole major female director."--Container.
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MPAA Rating: Not rated.
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Container of (work) Just a cute kid (Motion picture)

Container of (work) Malibu beach party (Motion picture)
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Based on a story by Vicki Baum (of Grand Hotel) fame, Dance, Girl Dance finds innocent young Judy (Maureen O'Hara) journeying to the Big Apple in hopes of gaining fame as a classical dancer. Instead she ends up as the "stooge" for raucous strip-tease artist Bubbles (Lucille Ball), who attempts to perform ballet before leering, catcalling, unappreciative burlesque audiences. Eventually, Judy and Bubbles both fall for playboy Jimmy Harris (Louis Hayward), a rivalry that culminates in a hair-pulling, eye-scratching cat fight. Eventually, Harris's ex-wife (Virginia Field) reels him back in, and Judy is hired by ballet producer and entrepreneur Steve Adams (Ralph Bellamy). In recent years, Dance, Girl, Dance has been canonized as a feminist manifesto, due to the fact that Dorothy Arzner was the director and because of Maureen O'Hara's climactic burlesque-house speech, in which she lambastes the male spectators for their puerile chauvinism. It should be noted, however, that Arzner became director only after Roy Del Ruth pulled out of the project. Uncertain how to promote the film, RKO Radio elected to sneak it into its first-run houses without fanfare, and the result was a $400,000 loss for the studio. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi