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February 27, 2017


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Dorothy Arzner's (very strange) film "Dance, Girl, Dance" is summarized by an IMDb reader thus:

"Judy O'Brien is an aspiring ballerina in a dance troupe. Also in the company is Bubbles, a brash mantrap who leaves the struggling troupe for a career in burlesque. When the company disbands, Bubbles gives Judy a thankless job as her stooge. The two eventually clash when both fall for the same man."

Somehow "Judy" becomes a wildly successful solo dancing star, in part by highlighting the contrast with "Bubbles," whose part of the act consists in making the star look good and herself ridiculous. The picture includes one of those news-headline montages in which the word "stooge" is prominent. (Successful dance acts seem to be tabloid front page news in the world of this script.) I find it hard to capture the weirdness of this movie--I suggest you watch it, though I can't guarantee you'll actually enjoy the experience.

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