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Dames (16-Aug-1934)

Director: Ray Enright

Writers: Delmer Daves; Robert Lord

Keywords: Musical Comedy, Blackmail

Wealthy moralist Ezra Pound will leave his fortune ($10 million!) to his cousin and family, if they are of sufficiently upstanding character in his eyes. But their daughter Barbara is in love with a producer and if there's one thing that Ezra dislikes, it is show business people. But this thin plot is merely an excuse to hang Busby Berkeley's fabulous musical numbers from.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Joan Blondell
30-Aug-1906 25-Dec-1979 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Berton Churchill
9-Dec-1876 10-Oct-1940 Heroes for Sale
Hugh Herbert
10-Aug-1884 12-Mar-1952 Hellzapoppin
Ruby Keeler
25-Aug-1909 28-Feb-1993 42nd Street
Guy Kibbee
6-Mar-1882 24-May-1956 Captain January
Zazu Pitts
3-Jan-1894 7-Jun-1963 The Wedding March
Dick Powell
14-Nov-1904 2-Jan-1963 The Bad and the Beautiful


Joan Blondell   ...   Mabel
Dick Powell   ...   Jimmy
Ruby Keeler   ...   Barbara
Zazu Pitts   ...   Mathilda
Guy Kibbee   ...   Horace
Hugh Herbert   ...   Ezra
Arthur Vinton   ...   Bulger, Ounce's Bodyguard
Phil Regan   ...   Johnny Harris, Songwriter
Arthur Aylesworth   ...   Train Conductor
Johnny Arthur   ...   Billings, Ounce's Secretary
Leila Bennett   ...   Laura, Mathilda's Maid
Berton Churchill   ...   Harold Ellsworthy Todd


Review by anonymous (posted on 20-Apr-2006)

The movie itself is only so so, but the music and Busby Berkley dance sequences are superb. I am particularly smitten by the "I Only Have Eyes For You" dance and music number. When Ruby Keeler appeared in the dance number after all the faces and almost winked at the camera, it made me a new fan. To think that all of this music was written for the movie also amazes me. Most of the music is still being used today. I would recommed the new disc set by Warner Brothers for viewing all the Berkley creations.

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