Dance, Little Lady

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Dance, Little Lady
"Dance, Little Lady" (1954).jpg
Belgian theatrical poster
Directed by Val Guest
Produced by George Minter
Written by Val Guest
Doreen Montgomery
Based on a story by R. Howard Alexander and Alfred Dunning
Starring Terence Morgan
Mai Zetterling
Guy Rolfe
Mandy Miller
Music by Ronald Binge
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Edited by John Pomeroy
George Minter Productions (as Alderdale)
Distributed by Renown Pictures (UK)
Release date
13 July 1954 (London) (UK)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Dance, Little Lady is a 1954 British film directed by Val Guest, and starring Terence Morgan, Mai Zetterling, Guy Rolfe and Mandy Miller.[1]


Prima ballerina Nina Gordon is being financially exploited by her husband Mark (Terence Morgan). On the night of her triumphant Royal Opera House debut, she discovers he is also being unfaithful. Distraught, she drives off into the night in a fury, breaking her leg in a motor accident. Learning that she'll never dance again, Nina is abandoned by Mark. But with the help of a sympathetic doctor (Guy Rolfe), Nina recovers the use of her legs, and begins to live her life vicariously through her talented daughter (Mandy Miller). When Mark reenters Nina's life, intending to take control of the daughter's dancing career, he finds the tables are turned on him.


Critical reception[edit]

The Radio Times wrote, "the dance sequences are fine, but the poor production values ruin the look of the film" ;[2] while TV Guide called it "a trite film" ;[3] but Sky Movies wrote, "Terence Morgan makes the best impression, as a sponger as smooth as he is nasty, in this ballet-orientated story, tailored to the talents of Britain's then screen wonder child, Mandy Miller. It bases its appeal on a blend of small-girl sentiment, highly coloured melodramatics and ballet (the dance ensembles are very well done). Mai Zetterling and Guy Rolfe provide rather limp support to Mandy's undeniable charm, but the story's fiery climax is most effective." [4]


  1. ^ "Dance Little Lady". BFI. 
  2. ^ David Parkinson. "Dance Little Lady". RadioTimes. 
  3. ^ "Dance Little Lady". TV Guide. 
  4. ^ "Dance Little Lady". Find and Watch. 

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