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Ten Cents a Dance

Ten Cents a Dance(1931)

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Barbara O'Neill is the prettiest and most popular woman at the "Palais de Dance," a dance hall in New York City. Bradley Carlton, a wealthy patron, visits Barbara, and for no reason gives her $100. When Barbara then asks Bradley for a favor, he agrees to give her friend and neighbor, Eddie Miller, a job and they have dinner. When Barbara arrives home, she sees Eddie packing because he cannot afford to pay his rent. Barbara gives him the $100 and tells him about the job she has arranged. Later, Eddie and Barbara meet in the park and realize that they are in love. Back at the dance hall, Barbara receives a new dress, but is disappointed to find out that it is from Bradley. Then Eddie arrives and asks Barbara to marry him. Barbara agrees and quits her job. After five months of marriage, Eddie meets Ralph Sheridan, an old friend, and his sister Nancy, and does not tell them that he is now married. They play a game of cards that leaves Eddie $240 in debt, but, because he and Barbara are poor, he keeps the debt secret from her. Meanwhile, Barbara has returned to work at the dance hall, where she occasionally sees Bradley. While Eddie claims to be at a convention, he meets Nancy. Eddie returns to find the rent and utilities past due because he has spent his pay gambling. Later, Barbara finds Eddie packing and he admits that he stole $5,000 from Bradley's office safe, then lost it playing the stock market. Barbara talks him into staying and goes to Bradley to ask for a $5,000 loan. Bradley gives her the money because he loves her, even after she explains why she needs it. The next morning, Barbara presents the money to Eddie, who greedily accepts it, knowing where it came from. When Eddie comes home from work, he throws a fit of jealousy, and Barbara packs her things and returns to the dance hall. Then Bradley arrives with two tickets for the Ile de France , so that Barbara may obtain a divorce and marry him.