Dance, Girl, Dance
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)

This 1940 dramedy involves an ambitious ballet dancer (Maureen O'Hara) forced to find work at a burlesque house. While there, she competes with a stripper (Lucille Ball) to win the love of a ladies' man (Louis Hayward).

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 30, 1940
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Arzner films it with fascination and enthusiasm, and the choreography is marked by the point of view of the spectators and the dancers' awareness that they're being watched.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Dance, Girl, Dance is just a cliché-ridden, garbled repetition of the story of the aches and pains in a dancer's rise to fame and fortune.

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Robin Karney
Radio Times

Pioneering female director Dorothy Arzner, who took over at short notice after filming commenced, does her best with an inadequate script and a miscast O'Hara; she manages to bring the film to life from time to time -- usually when Ball is on screen.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The themes are female friendship and a woman's fulfillment, and it is one of Arzner's most coherent and accomplished films.

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Fernando F. Croce

Without rising out of the cinematically conventional, the movie's self-reflexivity continually questions the gaze of the camera.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As a piece of Hollywood history, the film's worth seeing, but it's no unsung masterpiece.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

Arzner's internal critique of Hollywood ideology (woman as silent object of male scrutiny). It works within the confines of a stock vaudevillian golddiggers comedy-drama.

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Louise Cole
Senses of Cinema

This jaunty RKO musical... was directed by Dorothy Arzner, and has been reclaimed over the years as a film of relevance to the feminist movement.

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Emanuel Levy

Arguably Dorothy Arzner's most personal film, this chronicle of female friendship is an anomaly: a feminist film made before feminism existed, directed by Hollywood's only female director, and a buddy picture before the genre was invented.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Awesome movie, Lucille Ball like you never seen her before. This was made before she started playing the stupid housewife of Ricky Recardo. Her acting is over… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Dorothy Arzner is often remembered (and rightfully so) for her bravery -- the only regularly employed female director during the Golden Age, the first woman to… More
jay nixon
Lucy tears it up as Bubbles but the rest of the film is bland.