About Dance, Girl, Dance

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Comedy, Drama, Musical

Judy O’Brien (Maureen O’Hara) is an ambitious aspiring ballerina forced to make ends meet working in a burlesque troupe alongside the brash and provocative Bubbles (Lucille Ball). The two soon clash in a rivalry for high-society playboy Jimmy Harris (Louis Hayward). Screenwriter Tess Slesinger and Arzner took what easily could have been a typical backstage melodrama and transformed it into a rousing film about women’s strength, solidarity, and independence. A commercial flop at the time, Dance, Girl Dance was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2007. Print courtesy of British Film Institute from the BFI National Archive.

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