Go into Your Dance

Go into Your Dance

Director: Archie Mayo

Cast: Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Glenda Farrell

     
 

Broadway legend Al Jolson and his second wife Ruby Keeler costarred in this thin backstage musical. In keeping with Jolson's earlier starring films, the plotline is melodramatic to the point of risibility. Jolson plays an irresponsible performer whose unprofessional antics incur the wrath of Actor's Equity. Suspended from the stage, Jolson spends all his money on… See more details below

Overview

Broadway legend Al Jolson and his second wife Ruby Keeler costarred in this thin backstage musical. In keeping with Jolson's earlier starring films, the plotline is melodramatic to the point of risibility. Jolson plays an irresponsible performer whose unprofessional antics incur the wrath of Actor's Equity. Suspended from the stage, Jolson spends all his money on gambling, but is "cured" after his wife (Ruby) is wounded when Jolson shoots it out with a rival. Musical highlights include "A Latin From Manhattan," "A Quarter to Nine" (Jolie's at his best here) and the title number. The script of Go Into Your Dance is predictably full of references to the offstage Jolson/Keeler relationship; reportedly, Al's on-set adlibs became more insulting and abusive as the marriage deteriorated.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
You'd think that anything called Go Into Your Dance and featuring Ruby Keeler would come to a climactic crescendo highlighting both Harry Warren and Al Dubin's title song and the little lady's talented feet. But you would be wrong. To do that would have meant ignoring the film's dominating star, Al Jolson, and that just wasn't in the cards in 1935. Instead, Jolson takes center stage, alone and in blackface, while offscreen wife Keeler is laid up with a bullet wound courtesy of a couple of thugs working for the "Other Woman," Helen Morgan. Happily, before turning homicidal, Morgan is allowed to display her legendary talents as well and her rendition of "The Little Things You Used to Do" positively steals the show. Jolson, meanwhile, performs "This Evening About a Quarter to Nine," "Mammy, I'll Sing About You," and "Latin From Manhattan," all by Warren and Dubin. The last mentioned proves mainly that Ruby Keeler wasn't the fiery type. Legend has it that Jolson refused to make any more films with his wife; in reality, the sentiment was probably shared by both.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/21/2009
UPC:
0883316173862
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
36,184

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jolson Al Howard
Ruby Keeler Dorothy Wayne
Glenda Farrell Sadie Howard
Barton MacLane Duke Hutchinson
Helen Morgan Luana Bell
Patsy Kelly Irma
Sharon Lynne Nellie Leahy
Akim Tamiroff Mexican
Benny Rubin Himself
Phil Regan Eddie Rio
Gordon Westcott Fred
Joyce Compton Show Girl
Ward Bond Herman Leahy
Joseph Crehan Jackson
William B. Davidson McGee
Russell Hicks Sam, Producer
Edward Keane Producer
Milt Kibbee Waiter
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Al's Valet
Arthur Treacher Englishman on Train
Harry Warren Actor
Alexis Dubin Actor

Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
Earl W. Baldwin Screenwriter
Sam Bischoff Producer
Bobby Connolly Choreography
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
John Hughes Art Director
Harold McLernon Editor
Sol Polito Cinematographer

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