The Dance of Life

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The Dance of Life
Poster of the movie The Dance of Life.jpg
Directed byJohn Cromwell
A. Edward Sutherland
Written byBenjamin Glazer
Julian Johnson (titles)
Based onthe play Burlesque
by George Manker Watters and Arthur Hopkins
StarringHal Skelly
Nancy Carroll
Music byAdolph Deutsch
Vernon Duke
John Leipold
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited byGeorge Nichols Jr.
Production
company
Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
August 16, 1929 (1929-08-16) (New York City) September 7, 1929 (1929-09-07) (U.S.)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
The Dance of Life

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's Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens, and included Technicolor sequences, directed by John Cromwell and A. Edward Sutherland.

In 1957, the film entered the public domain (in the USA) because the claimants did not renew its copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.[1]

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

Burlesque comic Ralph "Skid" Johnson (Skelly), and specialty dancer Bonny Lee King (Carroll), end up together on a cold, rainy night at a train station, after she fails an audition and he complains about her treatment by the impresario of the show and quits. They decide to team up and apply for work with a much better show on "the big wheel".

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 tragi-comedic, burlesque version of All That Jazz, from an earlier era.

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. JSTOR 25165419. OCLC 15122313.

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