The Dance of Life

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The Dance of Life
Poster of the movie The Dance of Life.jpg
Directed by John Cromwell
A. Edward Sutherland
Written by Benjamin Glazer (screenplay)
Arthur Hopkins (play "Burlesque")
Julian Johnson
George Manker Watters (play "Burlesque")
Starring

Hal Skelly
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers

Nancy Carroll
Dorothy Revier
Ralph Theodore
Music by Adolph Deutsch
Vernon Duke
John Leipold
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited by George Nichols Jr.
Production
  company
Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) May 3, 1929 (1929-05-03)
Running time 115 minutes
Country USA
Language English

The Dance of Life (1929) is the first of three film adaptations of the popular Broadway play Burlesque, the others being Swing High, Swing Low (1937) and When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948). The Dance of Life was shot at Paramount Pictures (Astoria, New York) Studio, made with Technicolor sequences, directed by John Cromwell and A. Edward Sutherland. In 1957, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) due to the claimants failure to renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[1]

Plot[edit]

Burlesque comic Hal Skelly, as Ralph 'Skid' Johnson, and hoofer Nancy Carroll, as Bonny Lee King, end up together on a cold, rainy night at a train station, when he's thrown out and she's rejected from the same show.

The two things they have in life are dancing and each other, if she could only keep him away from the booze, long enough to keep dancing.

A tragiccomedy, Burlesque version of All That Jazz, from an earlier era.

Cast[edit]

Groucho Marx - 'Willy' Johnson Zeppo Marx - Jamison Chico Marx - Lee Harpo Marx - Peter Palace

Charles 'Buddy' Rogers - Jerry Lee Lewis

Soundtrack[edit]

  • "True Blue Lou"
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sam Coslow and Leo Robin
Sung by Hal Skelly
  • "The Flippity Flop"
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sam Coslow and Leo Robin
  • "King of Jazzmania"
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sam Coslow and Leo Robin
  • "Ladies of the Dance"
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sam Coslow and Leo Robin
  • "Cuddlesome Baby"
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sam Coslow and Leo Robin
  • "Mightiest Matador"
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Sam Coslow and Leo Robin
  • "Sweet Rosie O'Grady"
Written by Maude Nugent
  • "In the Gloaming"
Music by Annie Fortescue Harrison
Lyrics by Meta Orred
  • "Sam, the Old Accordion Man"
Written by Walter Donaldson

Preservation status[edit]

No color prints survive - only black-and-white prints made in the 1950s for TV broadcast.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. OCLC 15122313. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 

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