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The Dance of Life (1929) PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD

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Stars: Hal Skelly, Nancy Carroll, Dorothy Revier
Directors: John Cromwell, A. Edward Sutherland

Remade in 1937 as “Swing High, Swing Low” starring Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray
watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krSkukBYs1E

A vaudeville comic and a pretty young dancer aren’t having much luck in their separate careers, so they decide to combine their acts. In order to save money on the road, they get married. Soon their act begins to catch on, and they find themselves booked onto Broadway. They also realize that they actually are in love with each other, but just when things are starting to look up, the comic starts to let success go to his head.

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Date: June 28, 2020

22 thoughts on “The Dance of Life (1929) PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD

  1. Marvelous movie. They seemed to have pretty good control of sound by then, and seemed to have "released" the camera from its box enclosures — lots of camera movement, crane shots, even had the camera follow the actors as they walked. All with that new-fangled sound equipment! Acting was actually very "modern", realistic. I felt like this was a true window into the 1920s. Thanks SO much for posting this!

  2. The original play, "Burlesque," made Barbara Stanwyck a "name" on Broadway. If you can find a decent copy (it's in the public domain), see Mitchell Leisen's 1937 remake, "Swing High, Swing Low," with Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray.

  3. The original play, "Burlesque," made Barbara Stanwyck a "name" on Broadway. If you can find a decent copy (it's in the public domain), see Mitchell Leisen's 1937 remake, "Swing High, Swing Low," with Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray.

  4. Pizzafix. What is Pre-code Holywood. Are you talking pizzagate code stuff? To think there was ever a pre-code era to show business is a new one on me. They are all arcane from the start. Great movie. Loved Millie too

  5. A really wonderful film. Great central characters. Lots of heart. Comedy lives well with tragedy. Lots of dramatic counterpoint. The art direction and camerawork really brought it to life. I love this film.

  6. Wow yes a glimpse into the past. Odd how fat and round women performers were. Costumes appear made by men not flattering and hoaky gestering with arms akimbo.But the movie does have an element of realism

  7. I thought this was beautiful, and very well portrayed. There was a very poignant dance number to a haunting tune that was reprised three times – at 27.40. 58.07. and at the very end, 1.49.26. Does anyone know what the tune was? And many thanks Pizzaflix for these great films!

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