Dance, Little Lady

Dance, Little Lady is a 1954 British film directed by Val Guest, and starring Terence Morgan, Mai Zetterling, Guy Rolfe and Mandy Miller.[1]

Dance, Little Lady
Belgian theatrical poster
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byGeorge Minter
Written byVal Guest
Doreen Montgomery
Based ona story by R. Howard Alexander and Alfred Dunning
StarringTerence Morgan
Mai Zetterling
Guy Rolfe
Mandy Miller
Music byRonald Binge
CinematographyWilkie Cooper
Edited byJohn Pomeroy
George Minter Productions (as Alderdale)
Distributed byRenown Pictures (UK)
Release date
13 July 1954 (London) (UK)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Prima ballerina Nina Gordon is being financially exploited by her husband Mark (Terence Morgan). On the night of her triumphant Royal Opera House debut, she discovers he is also being unfaithful. Distraught, she leaves the party they were attending. However, Mark pulls up in their car and she gets in and he drives off at speed into the night. There is a car crash and Nina's leg is badly broken.

Learning that she'll never dance again, Nina is abandoned by Mark. But with the help of a sympathetic doctor (Guy Rolfe), Nina recovers the use of her legs, and begins to live her life vicariously through her talented daughter (Mandy Miller). When Mark reenters Nina's life, intending to take control of the daughter's dancing career, he finds the tables are turned on him.


Critical reception

The Radio Times wrote, "the dance sequences are fine, but the poor production values ruin the look of the film" ;[2] while TV Guide called it "a trite film" ;[3] but Sky Movies wrote, "Terence Morgan makes the best impression, as a sponger as smooth as he is nasty, in this ballet-orientated story, tailored to the talents of Britain's then screen wonder child, Mandy Miller. It bases its appeal on a blend of small-girl sentiment, highly coloured melodramatics and ballet (the dance ensembles are very well done). Mai Zetterling and Guy Rolfe provide rather limp support to Mandy's undeniable charm, but the story's fiery climax is most effective." [4]


  1. "Dance Little Lady". BFI.
  2. David Parkinson. "Dance Little Lady". RadioTimes.
  3. "Dance Little Lady". TV Guide.
  4. "Dance Little Lady". Find and Watch.

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