The Red Dance

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The Red Dance
The Red Dance film poster.jpg
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Written by Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Eleanor Browne
Henry Leyford Gates (novel)
Starring Dolores del Río
Charles Farrell
Ivan Linow
Music by Erno Rapee
S.L. Rothafel
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Jack A. Marta
Edited by Louis R. Loeffler
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date
June 25, 1928[1]
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.3 million[2]

The Red Dance (also known as The Red Dancer of Moscow), is a 1928 American film directed by Raoul Walsh, starring Dolores del Río and Charles Farrell, inspired in the novel by Henry Leyford Gates.


Tasia (Dolores del Río), a beautiful dancer lower class of Russia, falls heir to the throne Prince, Grand Duke Eugene (Charles Farrell), but only admired from a distance. At the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, the Duke falls in captivity and this allows Tasia be near him.


Critical reception[edit]

"There is a good deal of lethargy about the opening chapters of this offering, but interest picks up in the latter passages", wrote Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times. "There are some good scenes in this somewhat wild piece of work, but it is often incoherent."[3] Variety singled out Ivan Linow's performance for praise and reported that the scenes of the uprising were successful, but "otherwise there wasn't much to direct in this story except to keep it going."[4] Oliver Claxton of The New Yorker panned the film, writing, "how anybody with the slightest modicum of intelligence could fashion such a tale is beyond me....a little criticism would shoot the film so full of holes that it would resemble a Swiss cheese without the cheese. The odor, I am afraid, would still remain."[5]


  1. ^ "The Broadway Parade". Film Daily. New York: 3. July 9, 1928. 
  2. ^ Quigley Publishing Company "The All Time Best Sellers", International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38 (1938) p 942, accessed 19 April 2014
  3. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (June 26, 1928). "Movie Review – The Red Dance". The New York Times. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Red Dance". Variety. New York: 14. June 27, 1928. 
  5. ^ Claxton, Oliver (July 7, 1928). "The Current Cinema". The New Yorker: 59. 

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