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Ten Cents a Dance (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 6 March 1931 (USA)
Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi dancers. She marries Eddie and plans to quit dancing. Before she does, she meets a handsome and rich gentleman.

Directors:

Lionel Barrymore, Edward Buzzell (uncredited)

Writers:

Jo Swerling (story), Jo Swerling (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Frank Morgan, Ricardo Cortez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Barbara O'Neill
Ricardo Cortez ... Bradley Carlton
Monroe Owsley ... Eddie Miller
Sally Blane ... Molly
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Blanchard
Phyllis Crane Phyllis Crane ... Eunice
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Carlton
Victor Potel ... Sailor Smith
Al Hill ... Sailor Jones
Jack Byron Jack Byron ... Leo
Pat Harmon ... Casey - Club Bouncer
Martha Sleeper ... Nancy Clark
David Newell ... Ralph Clark
Sidney Bracey ... Wilson - Carlton's Butler
Harry Todd ... Mr. Carney
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Storyline

Men pay a dime to dance with Barbara and her fellow taxi dancers. She marries Eddie and quits dancing, but before that, she meets with the handsome and very rich Bradley. Barbara eventually starts dancing again, since her marriage is plagued by financial tension, and Bradley begins visiting her again. Eddie becomes jealous, accusing his wife of infidelity. He sees that alleged infidelity as an excuse to steal money from Bradley. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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SHE WAS A DANCE HALL HOSTESS BUT THE BAND NEVER PLAYED "HOME SWEET HOME" FOR HER (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A diez centavos el baile See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Quotes

Barbara O'Neill: She's got to keep the place hot enough to avoid bankruptcy and cold enough to avoid raids.
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Soundtracks

Ten Cents a Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Star emerging
26 April 2019 | by ilprofessore-1See all my reviews

Fans of pre-Code films will forgive this 1931 Columbia Pictures feature directed by Lionel Barrymore (his last directorial effort) if only because it stars Barbara Stanwyck in an early role. As is the case with all stars, she is even then true in every moment, entirely believable, and far surpasses the wooden script and the rest of the cast. Most embarrassing is Monroe Owsley as her no-good husband; he is particularly bad, totally false, overacting. Ricardo Cortez has a thankless role and does his best. This is a perfect example of how a star can make something out of nothing by the sheer power of her personality.


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