Dorothy Arzner

Dance, Girl, Dance

Dance, Girl, Dance

Dorothy Arzner, the sole woman to work as a director in the Hollywood studio system of the 1930s and early ’40s, brings a subversive feminist sensibility to this juicily entertaining backstage melodrama. A behind-the-footlights look at friendship, jealousy, and ambition in the ruthless world of show business, Dance, Girl, Dance follows the intertwining fates of two chorus girls: a starry-eyed dancer (Maureen O’Hara) who dreams of making it as a ballerina, and the brassy gold digger (a scene-stealing Lucille Ball) who becomes her rival both on the stage and in love. The rare Hollywood picture of the era to deal seriously with issues of female artistic struggle and self-actualization, Arzner’s film is a rich, fascinating statement from an auteur decades ahead of her time.

Film Info

  • Dorothy Arzner
  • United States
  • 1940
  • 90 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #1028

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by critic B. Ruby Rich
  • New interview with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Plus: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley

New cover by Jody Hewgill

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Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by critic B. Ruby Rich
  • New interview with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Plus: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley

New cover by Jody Hewgill

Dance, Girl, Dance
Cast
Maureen O’Hara
Judy O’Brien
Lucille Ball
Bubbles
Louis Hayward
Jimmy Harris
Virginia Field
Elinor Harris
Ralph Bellamy
Steve Adams
Maria Ouspenskaya
Madame Lydia Basilova
Mary Carlisle
Sally
Katharine Alexander
Miss Olmstead
Edward Brophy
Dwarfie Humblewinger
Walter Abel
Judge
Credits
Director
Dorothy Arzner
Screenplay
Tess Slesinger
Screenplay
Frank Davis
Story by
Vicki Baum
Executive producer
Harry E. Edington
Producer
Erich Pommer
Director of photography
Russell Metty
Editor
Robert Wise
Musical director
Edward Ward
Dances staged by
Ernst Matray
Set decoration
Darrell Silvera
Gowns by
Edward Stevenson

From The Current

Dance, Girl, Dance: Gotta Dance
Dance, Girl, Dance: Gotta Dance

Pioneering Hollywood filmmaker Dorothy Arzner brought a rare feminist sensibility to this backstage drama that explores the role of ambition, friendship, and love in the lives of two dancers.

By Sheila O’Malley

The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate
The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate

Our plans to release Dorothy Arzner’s feminist classic set in motion a restoration process that led Warner Bros. to discover a nitrate negative that had begun to deteriorate in storage.

By Benjamin Mercer