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The Dance of Life(1929)

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  • Wonderful fable of show business

    • Ralph Dratman
    • 2/4/17

    Skid Johnson dances a floppy falling-all-over clown act. He falls for ingenue Bonnie and they partner in a song-and-dance act that barely pays its own way over the years of their shaky marriage. When Skid lands a big engagement on Broadway, Bonnie stays behind in the sticks to finish up their run. Skid does well in New York, but the big city and big money have bad effects on him. He falls into dangerous habits, and soon it looks like the end for him. Bonnie comes to New York to help, but Skid wants his own way. Later Bonnie, in better circumstances, has to decide whether to try once more to save Skid.The Dance of Life is a classic movie about hoofers on the stage, and to my eyes, a touching fable of early 20th century show business and timeless love.

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