[Los Angeles]: Columbia Pictures, [1931]. Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white glossy silver gelatin photo. Minor creases at corners, about fine.

One of Barbara Stanwyck’s pre-Code movies. Inspired by the song of the same name by Rodgers and Hart, this was Lionel Barrymore’s directorial debut. It was the story of a taxi dancer, a job which became popular during the height of the Depression in which girls were paid to couples dance. Known even at this time for her portrayal of tough dames who know how to fight their way out of any situation, Stanwyck played against type — vulnerable and victimized. Writers Jo Swerling and Dorothy Howell were inspired by Richard Rodgers’ lyrics.

Stanwyck is seen here with Monroe Owsley and Pat Harmon in a backstage scene. Characterizations of the dance hall girl would disappear starting in 1934. Photo coded C-8-73.

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