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Ten Cents a Dance

Ten Cents a Dance(1931)

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The title of the film was taken from a Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart song introduced by Ruth Etting in the 1930 musical play Simple Simon, written by Ed Wynn and Guy Bolton. Although reviews indicated that the song was from The Ziegfeld Follies, Simple Simon was a play that was produced by Florenz Ziegfeld. Working titles for the film were Roseland and Anybody's Girl. David Newell's character is listed as "Ralph Clark" in reviews, however, he is called "Ralph Sheridan" in the film. While the onscreen credits read "Music by Abe Lyman and His Band," they were performers not composers. Although this was the last film for which Lionel Barrymore received a directing credit, the Motion Picture Herald review for the film Guilty Hands notes that he co-directed that film. Barrymore continued to act until shortly before his death in 1954. Carne de cabaret, a Spanish-language version of Ten Cents a Dance, was also released in 1931.