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Ten Cents a Dance

Ten Cents a Dance(1931)

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  • Great early Barbara

    • Angelique Foster
    • 12/22/12

    I thought this movie was very good. That Actor who played Eddie, acting left a lot to be desired. The other lead, Mr. Carlton was great and hot as well. I recommend this film and think Leanord Molten's review is wrong.

  • Early Stanwyck

    • RedRain
    • 12/20/12

    Considering all the Jewish actors, directors, producers, etc., in Hollywood, particularly at the advent of the film age, it is amazing to me that Richard Cortez had his name changed from Richard Krantz by the studio. He was a strikingly handsome man and, finally, in this film he gets to play quite the romantic lead. The film revolves around a dance hall girl's marriage to a weak jerk who embezzles from his employer (Cortez) and then confesses his deed to his wife (Stanwyck). Cortez happens to be in love with Stanwyck and readily agrees to just give her the money to give to her husband so he can put the money back in the company safe. Once Stanwyck has the money, her husband throws it up to her that she was once a "ten cents a dance" gal and he accuses her of having slept with his employer in order to obtain the money. Stanwyck gathers up her backbone, tells the husband to go to Hades and walks out the door and back to the dance hall. Of course, she and Cortez end up together but it is an interesting character study.

  • Don't pay any attention to Maltin....

    • Andy Moursund
    • 7/20/12

    This movie is a must-see for any Stanwyck fan. As Ross says above, from a social history POV it gives us a nice glimpse into the long forgotten world of the Depression dance halls and the people who patronized them. Stanwyck is great as always, and it's nice to see the underrated Ricardo Cortez get to play someone other than a dirty rotten skunk. (smile) And the title song provides the perfect lead-in and fade-out to a movie I wish they'd show a bit more often, along with all the other Stanwyck pre-codes. Ten Cents a Dance isn't on the level of Baby Face, Ladies They Talk About, The Miracle Woman, Night Nurse, or So Big, but it's definitely not one to miss.

  • Interesting Pre-Coder

    • Ross
    • 4/14/11

    Maltin pans this film. He's wrong. Stanwyck turns in a good preformance as does Cortez. It is an entertaining and engaging picture. From a social history perspective the film provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Ten Cent dance halls of the early depression era. Watch for Sally Blane, Loretta Young's look-a-like sister as one of the taxi dancers! Recommended for fans of Stanwyck's early work and those who enjoy pre-code film.

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