Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) Review

dance_girl_dance_zpsbyqmhrqmJudy O’Brien loves nothing more than dancing and is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Bubbles is also in the group and leaves for Burlesque, when the troupe disbands she gives Judy a chance to be her stooge. It will all eventually fall apart . . .


Is there anything really better than watching an old movie musical? No, I don’t think so they have some impressive dance numbers, a cute story and good performances. Ok, sometimes they aren’t the best but this one certainly had plenty of charm thanks to the leading ladies in Maureen O’Hara and Lucille Ball. Both actresses were very impressive and certainly made for good viewing, especially when the characters started to go against each other.

The reason Judy and Bubbles ended up fighting? Obviously, a man they both fell for, making a very classic love triangle. I will admit I thought the court scene was pretty hilarious after the fight on stage. Something that just wouldn’t work as well in a film now, which is such a shame really.

I hadn’t even heard of this film before watching it. Isn’t that such a unique and special thing now to actually watch a film that you had no idea about before. Then just watching it carefree, thanks to BBC Two. It seems as though they like an old film on a Saturday morning. Perfect to watch very early, especially with some actresses you have heard a lot about but not actually seen before.

I really do think I would have enjoyed 40s cinema as it certainly boasts a lot of musicals with some rather different routines and numbers. I do like being able to add a musical to my watched list, as I am sure you are already aware I really do love musicals in film and theatre form.

I was very impressed with Maureen O’Hara and her powerful character who really fought for what she wanted. Even if Judy did have to move to Burlesque to get a job, not an area she was really interested in but showing that you really can turn something you hate in your favour if you really want to, which I think that is a good message. Also that you can have a hell of a lot of fun with it as well!

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