The Unfinished Dance

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Dance, Musical

Movies about ballet have always been risky; only a few have ever earned back what it cost to make them. This was one that didn't quite make it, although it features Danny Thomas' film debut, in which he showed immediately that he could act as well as toss off quips. O'Brian wants to be a ballerina and begins shadowing star Charisse. When she thinks that...read more

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Movies about ballet have always been risky; only a few have ever earned back what it cost to make them. This was one that didn't quite make it, although it features Danny Thomas' film debut, in which he showed immediately that he could act as well as toss off quips. O'Brian wants to be a

ballerina and begins shadowing star Charisse. When she thinks that Charisse may be replaced in the ballet company by new ballerina Booth, the little O'Brian arranges an accident that incapacitates Booth to the point where she can no longer dance. In the end, O'Brian makes friends with Booth and

there is a happy conclusion to a lachrymose plot. It's a remake of the French BALLERINA, a 1938 film based upon Paul Morand's story "La Mort du Cygne." The musical highlight of the movie is a ballet by Lichine to the strains of David Rose's "Holiday for Strings." Other musical numbers include: "I

Went Merrily on My Way" (Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain), Kreisler's "Liebesfreud," Beethoven's Symphony No. Two, excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," and bits and pieces from Smetana's "The Bartered Bride." A gaping hole in the story is that the injured Booth never seems to be injured, not even to

the point of limping, so it's hard to believe that her dancing years are over. The film is pretty to look at and the actors struggle to lend believability to it, but the script by Connolly and the direction by veteran Koster are second-rate.

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