Robert Z. Leonard – Dancing Lady (1933)


Janie (Joan Crawford), is a former dancer in a burlesque theater. During a show, one man from the public takes off part of Janie’s costume, leaving her almost topless. In that precise moment police comes and takes away all dancers to the court, with charges of attempting against moral. The judge won’t believe Janie explanation about the matter, and sends her to jail. Tod Newton (Franchot Tone), a rich man who was in the theater, takes Jane out of jail. He feels attracted to Janie’s beauty and after hearing her story about longing for become a famous dancer, he will be disposed to help her. A prestigious Broadway director, Patch Gallagher (Clak Gable) is trying to set up a musical play, but he’s having some monetary difficulties. Tod will get an audition for Janie, despite Patch resistance. But the director accepts the girl, who’s a quite talented dancer. Nevertheless, Patch begins to feel attracted to Janie, who is working hard in the rehearsals, behaving well and kindly with the director. But Tod is planning to propose Janie, despite matrimony is now out of her future plans. Besides, Patch is having a bad time. The production has stopped because of problems with the producers, and maybe Janie is having some feelings for Patch. Continue reading

Robert Z. Leonard – Grounds for Marriage (1951)


In the film, Grayson plays Ina Massine, an opera diva, and Johnson is her ex-husband, Dr. Lincoln Bartlett, who is now engaged to Agnes Young (Paula Raymond), the daughter of a doctor. Ina wants Lincoln back and pulls all kinds of shenanigans to get her man. The film was really just an excuse to watch Grayson sing selections from La Bohème, although curiously, she was not the first actress cast in the role. June Allyson had the part but was later replaced. Likewise, Robert Walker was set to play Lincoln Bartlett but was replaced with Van Johnson.
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Robert Z. Leonard – Let Us Be Gay (1930)

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Plot: Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her lackluster appearance, their children and himself. Kitty re-invents herself and becomes a Continental favorite, dressing like a fashion model and behaving gaily. Three years after their divorce, Bob is at the home of a wealthy matron romancing her soon-to-be-married granddaughter, when the matron invites Kitty to a weekend party to steal Bob away from the granddaughter. When Kitty and Bob see each other, neither lets on they have a past, and the party continues as Bob pursues his ex-wife and new conquest equally. Written by Ron Kerrigan Continue reading