Dancing Lady

Synopsis: Janie lives to dance and will dance anywhere, even stripping in a burlesque house. Tod Newton, the rich playboy, discovers her there and helps her get a job in a real Broadway musical being directed by Patch. Tod thinks he can get what he wants from Janie, Patch thinks Janie is using her charms rather than talent to get to the top, and Janie thinks Patch is the greatest. Steve, the stage manager, has the Three Stooges helping him manage all the show girls. Fred Astaire and Nelson Eddy make appearances as famous Broadway personalities.
Director(s): Robert Z. Leonard
Production: MGM
92 min

- Why?

- Because I'm a dancer.

Young woman,

am I the defendant or are you?

I don't know who's the defendant,

but I'm the victim...

and you don't have to rub it in.

I don't see any girls hauled in here...

for pushing pencils around on paper

or massaging a typewriter.

I'm a dancer and I'll keep right on

being one when I get out of here.

You'll get out of here

when you pay a $30 fine.

You can't fine me, I haven't got a dime.

All right. $30 fine or 30 days in jail.

Right this way, please.

Recess, 15 minutes.

Let's go some place and get a drink.

I'm bored.

- Yes. Let's do that.

- Okay.

Take them over to the St. Regis Roof.

I'll join you later.

All right.

Come on. Come on, on your feet.

What's the matter now? Raising the ante?

No, dearie, somebody's paid your losses.

- What? You mean...

- You're bailed out.

Why'd you pay that $30 fine, Mr...

- Newton.

- Mr. Newton.

That's my business. Investments.

Sorry to tell you, but I'm

the kind of investment that don't pay.

- Why, I could give you everything...

- Can it.

Say, what're you writing all the time?

I'll tell you later.

You sure drink a good dinner.

Now, why did you want

to change the subject?

- What subject?

- You.

Don't you know you'll never get anywhere

with those notions of yours?

Maybe I will.

I'm like that guy

throwing quarters in the slot machine.

- I keep on trying.

- Listen, those machines are fixed.

It's 1,000 to 1 shot

unless you know the combination.

And I'm the little fellow

that knows the combination.

Little fellows like you have been trying

to teach me all sorts of combinations...

ever since I was a kid.

- But I only know one game.

- Dancing?

You said it.

Just the same, you're not playing

that right, with stopovers in jail.

I'll get my break.

I'm your break, beautiful.

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Allen Rivkin

Allen Rivkin (1903-1990) was an American screenwriter. He was one of the co-founders of the Screenwriters Guild, later the Writers Guild of America. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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