DOROTHY ARZNER (Christopher Strong), the sole woman to work as a director in the Hollywood studio system of the 1930s and early ’40s, brings a subversive feminist sensibility to this juicily entertaining backstage melodrama. A behind-the footlights look at friendship, jealousy, and ambition in the ruthless world of show business, Dance, Girl, Dance follows the intertwining fates of two chorus girls: a starry-eyed dancer (The Quiet Man’s MAUREEN O’HARA) who dreams of making  it as a ballerina and the brassy gold digger (a scene-stealing LUCILLE BALL) who becomes her rival both on the stage and in love. The rare Hollywood film of the era to deal seriously with issues of female artistic struggle and self-actualization, Arzner’s film is a rich, fascinating statement from an auteur decades ahead of her time.

Special Features:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by critic B. Ruby Rich
  • New selected-scene commentary featuring film historian Cari Beauchamp
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Maureen O'Hara

Lucille Ball
Director:
Dorothy Arzner
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
89 mins approx
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1940

Dance, Girl, Dance

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DOROTHY ARZNER (Christopher Strong), the sole woman to work as a director in the Hollywood studio system of the 1930s and early ’40s, brings a subversive feminist sensibility to this juicily entertaining backstage melodrama. A behind-the footlights look at friendship, jealousy, and ambition in the ruthless world of show business, Dance, Girl, Dance follows the intertwining fates of two chorus girls: a starry-eyed dancer (The Quiet Man’s MAUREEN O’HARA) who dreams of making  it as a ballerina and the brassy gold digger (a scene-stealing LUCILLE BALL) who becomes her rival both on the stage and in love. The rare Hollywood film of the era to deal seriously with issues of female artistic struggle and self-actualization, Arzner’s film is a rich, fascinating statement from an auteur decades ahead of her time.

Special Features:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New introduction by critic B. Ruby Rich
  • New selected-scene commentary featuring film historian Cari Beauchamp
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Sheila O’Malley
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Maureen O'Hara

Lucille Ball
Director:
Dorothy Arzner
Region:
B
Number of Discs:
1
Main Language:
English
Run Time:
89 mins approx
studio:
THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Theatrical Release Year:
1940
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