Dancing Lady stars Joan Crawford as Janie Barlow, a dancer desperate for success, who due to the tough times of the early 1930s is reduced to performing in a Burlesque show.
Newton takes Jeanie out for dinner over which she confesses her burning desire to dance.
A smitten Newton decides to pull some strings and gets her an addition for a Broadway show.
As Janie becomes more committed to the show, and to Patch Gallagher, Newton becomes jealous and secretly pulls his funding leading to the show being shut down. With nothing to do Janie agrees to go on vacation with Gallagher, but she is miserable, spending the entire time pining for the stage and for Patch.
A dejected Patch decides to fund the show himself. Eventually he discovers that Newton pulled the funding for the show and he confronts Janie with the truth, Newton confesses, and Janie returns to her star part in the show. Then somehow, despite lack of rehearsals and limited funds, Janie and Fred are able to dance through the air in a technical marvel of a Broadway show, and of course pull they pull of an enormous success.
The film ends with Janie and Gallagher declaring their commitment to the stage and each other:
In all Dancing Lady is a somewhat forgettable film, but it does have some fabulous 1930s fashions. I particularly love the tartan trims on some of Joan's dresses:
and some amazing stars. It is definitely worth a viewing for any fan of classic films, particularly fans of Fred Astaire, Clark Gable and Joan Crawford.